Earlier this week, residents in the Gibson Jack area in Bannock County found out that a selection of wild turkeys had been lethally removed from the area.
 
This came as a surprise to some of them, but Idaho Fish and Game has been receiving complaints from others.
 
"A particular flock of turkeys, roughly 80 birds, that's been causing problems, some property damage and other nuisance issues," said Jennifer Jackson with Idaho Fish and Game. 
 
James Betty is one of the people who originally brought wild turkeys to southeast Idaho, and frequently has wild turkeys around his property.
 
He believes that there could have been a better way to handle this by relocating them, which Fish and Game routinely does with other animals, but elected not to do in this case because of incoming winter weather.
 
"When we released them 15 years ago, there was four or five foot of snow on the ground, they did just fine," said Betty. 
 
President of the state of Idaho's Wild Turkey Federation Joe Foster says he understands both sides of the issue, but would have appreciated if Fish and Game let them know beforehand.
 
Other than that he insists that the working relationship between Fish and Game and the Wild Turkey Federation is strong.
 
"We do work with our sportsmen very directly in some of the decision-making processes that we have, and work with our sportsmen's groups. But sometimes like in this case, this was a decision that was made where we needed to get out there quickly, and get those birds removed while we had the opportunity," said Jackson.
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