CHANNEL ISLANDS -- An animal rights group has sued the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy in an attempt to stop the eradication of wild turkeys on Santa Cruz Island off the Central California coast.
The suit alleges the defendants have hired an Australian company called ProHunt to eradicate the turkeys in an attempt to protect the island's natural habitat.
Wild turkeys were introduced to the island off Santa Barbara in 1972 by a rancher.
Scientists have said the kills are necessary because turkeys provide prey for golden eagles, who also kill the island's endangered foxes.
A spokeswoman for the National Park Service says no wild turkeys had been killed on federal land. She said she could not comment on the lawsuit because she has not seen it.