Wild Turkeys in Tucson
On May 2, 2013, we had three wild turkeys land on our back wall. Big guys.
As it turns out, these were Gould's turkeys and were among seventeen released in the Happy Valley area in February. They were being tracked and monitored by the Arizona Fish & Game Department. They were recaptured at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and released without harm up on Mt. Lemmon on May 17. There are already a number of these birds in the Rincon mountains.
The Arizona Fish & Game Department with the National Wild Turkey Federation have been reintroducing them since 1980 into the Sky Island mountain ranges across southern Arizona. They now number around 1000.