Gene Howard, 73, of Wells, and Phil Bozenhard, a biologist with the Maine Depart
Gene Howard, 73, of Wells, and Phil Bozenhard, a biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, released 19 wild turkeys imported from Vermont onto a woodlot in York in 1976. The five males and 14 females were the first wild turkeys seen in Maine in over a century, and have, bolstered with supplemental stockings, multiplied into today's statewide population of between 3,000 and 5,000 wild turkeys. The turkey population was large enough by 1986 for the state to set up a hunting season for adult male birds, with permits available by lottery. In the first year of Maine's new season, nine hunters shot birds. Details.
Weegar, Andrew K., "Gene Howard, 73, of Wells, and Phil Bozenhard, a biologist with the Maine Depart" (1996). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 1719.