Thursday, May 12, 2011

Wild Turkeys In The Back Yard

I should have posted this article a few weeks ago, however, I have soooo much to blog about, that I have just finally got round to it. Turkeys (wild) in the backyard. Why Not ? We have Deer, Moose, Skunks, Coyotes, etc,etc, so why not Turkeys :) Today, after many days of dark clouds and extreme northwest winds, the clouds are parting, the sun is peeking out and PJ and I are heading out for a brisk walk.

Wild Turkeys (in the back yard)
Call them muskies with feathers. It wasn't all that long ago that muskies, a non-native fish, invaded the St. John River system to become a key sportfish and spawning a new recreational fishing industry.
Now, wild turkeys are doing much the same thing, crossing the Maine (USA) border into New Brunswick and establishing, in the opinion of some, breeding populations that are now creating a population of wild turkeys that are native to the province. "They're already here. They're growing naturally, and perhaps one day,  we will have a spring and a fall turkey season, like Maine does now,".

Turkeys are the most extensively hunted bird in the United States and is wildly popular in parts of Canada as well. Back in 1978, there wasn't a known turkey in Maine, at least not of the feathered variety. Today there are more than 60,000 birds.

Turkey fans note that not long ago, there were no pheasants here, a truly exotic species. Now there are thriving populations in many areas of the province, including right in downtown Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.  So why not turkeys?