Wild Turkey Trap and Transfer Program display to be dedicated | News


RED HOUSE — A new display commemorating the founding of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Wild Turkey Trap and Transfer Program in Allegany State Park will be dedicated next week.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced that the new display has been constructed in the Administration Building Museum in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Others who contributed to the display are Fred Evans, a former DEC officer who aided in the trap and transfer program; Douglas Little of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Randy Opferbeck of the Enchanted Mountain Chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation and Hugh Dunne, an Allegany State Park commissioner and former regional director.

The new display commemorates the founding of New York’s Wild Turkey Trap & Transfer Program which was first launched in 1959 by the New York State Conservation Department within Allegany State Park. It led to the repopulation of wild turkeys across the Northeast.

“We are holding a public ceremony in the lobby and museum on July 6 at 10 a.m. to showcase the new display and honor the men who founded this program and did so much for the conservation of the wild turkey,” said regional director Jay Bailey. “We are extremely proud of Allegany State Park’s role in the reestablishment of this iconic North American bird.”

DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder said, “The Trap and Transfer Program’s historic efforts to reintroduce wild turkey to Western New York were the initial steps in the eventual restoration of wild turkey throughout the Northeastern United States.”

She said, “The restorations of the wild turkey to New York State is one of our greatest conservation success stories, and would not have been possible without collaborative efforts of our partners at State Parks and the National Wild Turkey Federation.”

Tom Hughes, National Wild Turkey Federation director of Research and Science, said, “Trap and transfer of truly wild stock is the only method of population establishment that works for wild turkeys.

The museum display, with canons and netting used in the trap and transfer program, includes several mounted turkeys in a winter scene. It is a companion piece to a stone monument that was erected last year in the park on the site where the first birds were captured for relocation in 1959.

The monument is located just off of France Brook Road in the Red House area of the park.

(Contact reporter Rick Miller at rmiller@oleantimesherald.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RMillerOTH)

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