Thanks! It is good to hear about a project that is working. One of my late Dad's best friends re introduced eagles to Massachusetts, and after being gone for 100 years, and after several failures, turkeys are back here in giant numbers. Salmon, on the other hand, have been a failure in most of the northeast. Tons of $$$ have been spent with little result. At this point, scientists are re-grouping to try and work forward from the few, small, success stories.
Every story has a downside. Here in Massachusetts, we had a good population of feral (wild, but not native) ring neck pheasants. They had come from stocked, Chinese, birds that had escaped hunting season, and then moved into the niche vacated by the locally extinct turkeys. Now that the turkeys are back, I don't know of a single hunter who has bagged a "wild" (not stocked) pheasant in years. I have never eaten wild turkey, hearing it to be "nasty". It is the land version of bluefish ............sportsmen give a lot away. Pheasant, on the other hand, is wonderful.
Our local state senator is a former wildlife cop. Thru his efforts, our Massachusetts wildlife laws are getting updated. He is also pro business, and he understands that good wildlife protection (and use) , can be good for business.
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