FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife have charged nine people and seized 15 wild turkeys after a multistate investigation into the illegal importing of wild turkeys.
Conservation officers on Saturday served summonses in 11 counties spanning across the state after the investigation found 167 live wild turkeys were illegally imported into Kentucky.
Some of the turkeys were being brought in from a hatchery in Portales, New Mexico.
Wildlife biologists say importing wild turkeys put the state's native wild turkeys at risk for developing disease. The state started efforts in the 1980s to restore the native turkey population in Kentucky and the total number is currently about a quarter of a million birds.
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