April 21, 2012

Wild Turkeys of Marin County

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photo by Donald Kinney

Wild Turkeys? Wow, does Marin County ever have a plethora of wild Turkeys! Over the past 20 years there has been a population explosion of Turkeys. Not exactly a good thing either because they have been throwing the ecological balance out of whack for native creatures and plants.

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photo by Donald Kinney

So, it's the same old story--man is to blame for the population explosion. In 1988 the Fish and Game Department released a small flock of Turkeys on a ranch for "hunting purposes". That small flock quickly multiplied and expanded their territory. Today we have thousands upon thousands of wild Turkeys roaming the wilds of Marin County--I am not kidding!

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photo by Donald Kinney

You and I are learning this information together. The article I found on our Turkey problem was written in 2002, so if the numbers were large then, they've skyrocketed since that time.

The old article mentions plans for bringing hunters in to thin the flocks, but I know for a fact that never happened and the population continues to grow unchecked to this day. Curiously, any organized Turkey hunt would require a difficult to obtain permit from the State Department of Fish-and-Game, the same department who introduced the Turkeys in the first place.

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Unknown said...

Wow! never actually seen a turkey, interesting birds! Feathers are so pretty!

photowannabe said...

Great shots. We have lots of wild turkeys in our neck of the woods too.

They really can be messy..a bit like geese in their droppings and manners.
I do like your pictures of them and their beautiful feathers.

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