I am against the release of pheasants by montana fwp. I don't think it's a good idea. This will effect the wild bird gene pool.
Or does this mean more predators survive the winter because of the extra food which then mean more to prey on spring chicks? Ecosystems are very hard to balance.Additionally, the released birds will probably be the first ones eaten by predators. This may contribute to more of the wild birds surviving the winter. That is always a good thing.
Studies have shown that the release of pen-raised birds does nothing to increase reproduction. The only reason to release birds is to "hunt" them, if you can call it that. They don't even come close to surviving until mating season. And even if they did, their urge to do so is long gone having grown up in a chicken coop.stocking pen raised birds will do nothing for the proliferation of wild birds, they will all die before they breed
That's true.I have been seeing a real increase in hawks, owls, falcons, eagles in Montana since they started releasing pen birds.I agree that most won't survive, because I've witnessed it first hand. In the helena area they released a bunch of birds.I hunted it in November, and saw 2 birds.That tells me those released birds only lasted 2 months.Or does this mean more predators survive the winter because of the extra food which then mean more to prey on spring chicks? Ecosystems are very hard to balance.