Efforts by the Iowa Conservation Commission to reintroduce wild turkeys into their former range in Iowa have been expanded considerably in recent years. Since the initial release of Rio Grande wild turkeys in the Yellow River State Forest in northeastern Iowa in 1960-61, additional releases have been made at five other sites. Merriam's wild turkeys were liberated in the eastern part of Stephens State Forest in south central Iowa and in Monona County in western Iowa in early 1966. Eastern wild turkeys were stocked in Shimek State Forest in southeastern Iowa in 1965-66, in the western part of Stephens State Forest in early 1968, and along the Upper Iowa River, Allamakee County, in 1969. Results to date indicate that the Eastern subspecies is best suited to Iowa conditions, as evidenced by their good survival, production, and increase in numbers. The Rio Grande and Merriam's are not increasing their numbers to any significant degree, however.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Klonglan, Eugene D.; Hlavka, Gene; and Gladfelter, H. Lee
"Recent Wild Turkey Introductions into Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 77(1), 86-92.
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