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Thread #85316   Message #1853349
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
08-Oct-06 - 01:17 PM
Thread Name: BS: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
Subject: RE: BS: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
Turkeys in British Columbia are not native. They have been introduced since 1970 (not listed in Godfrey, Birds of Canada, 1970, National Museums of Canada) if present. Probably introduced in the 1990's at the same time they were re-introduced to Ontario. Thanks, Daylia, I need a more up-to-date Canadian bird book.

In adjoining Washington, turkey permits were issued to 277 hunters in 2005.
Re-introduction of wild turkeys to suitable habitat has led to their presence in every state (including Oahu in Hawai'i) except Alaska.

I should also note that the Merriam turkey of the southwest is a subspecies, not a distinct species separate from M. gallipavo.