The Daily Herald reports on the Tulalip Tribes’ recent release of wild turkeys:

A year from now, members of the Tulalip Tribes could be hunting wild turkeys on tribal land.

Turkeys aren’t native to northwest Washington, but tribal officials believe the birds will establish themselves and provide a harvestable population for tribal members.

In August, the Tulalip fish and wildlife department released about 170 wild turkeys into a meadow carved out of the 8,000 acres of woods on tribal land.

Turkey chicks were delivered by a hatchery in May and then placed in brooding pens. During the summer, they were moved to a net-covered enclosure in the meadow so the birds could get used to eating the meadow grass.