CHUKAR (Alectoris chukar) were introduced to San Nicolas Island in 1968 by a group of men stationed on the island. They thought hunting chukar would be a nice past time. About 85 birds were obtained from the California Department of Fish & Game and released on the island. Within a few years, the population had grown sufficiently, and the men asked the commanding officer if they could start hunting the, The answer was “no”. Issues with transportation of hunting weapons, use of radar, etc. complicated the issue.
Thus the chukar have continued to live in peace and multiply on the island. Today their population numbers in the thousands.
Specimens were taken on San Nicolas Island in 1976, 1977, 1979, 1990, 1996, 1997.
SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND
1984 San Clemente Island: “Gambel's quail (Lophortyx gambelii) and the exotic chukar (Alectoris chukar) have been introduced and are thriving.” Recovery Plan for the endangered and threatened species of the California Channel Islands published by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Portland, Oregon 1984.
SAN NICOLAS ISLAND
|San Nicolas Island||Donald Schroeder||UCSB||January 1, 1976||CCBER-7428||Alectoris chukar||Birds|
|San Nicolas Island||Donald Schroeder||UCSB||January 16, 1977||CCBER-7242||Alectoris chukar||Birds|
|San Nicolas Island||Donald Schroeder||UCSB||December 11, 1977||CCBER-7446||Alectoris chukar||Birds|
|San Nicolas Island||Donald Schroeder||UCSB||December 11, 1977||CCBER-7447||Alectoris chukar||Birds|
|San Nicolas Island||Marla Daily||SBMNH||July 28, 1979||SBMNH-21345||Alectoris chukar||Birds|
|San Nicolas Island||no collector listed||SBMNH||January 14, 1990||SBMNH-5683||Alectoris chukar||Birds|
|San Nicolas Island||no collector listed||SBMNH||June 12, 1990||SBMNH-4673||Alectoris chukar||Birds|
|San Nicolas Island||Dani Thomson||SBMNH||February 8, 1996||SBMNH-6786||Alectoris chukar||Birds|