I thought maybe "pet" was the case. Odd thing is that we don't have any neighbors within a mile of us or so. Very remote location. I guess I better start asking around and forget about that "CHINESE PHEASANT with ONIONs" recipe I was reading about.
On the other hand, read this link from AvianWeb http://www.avianweb.com/goldenpheasants.html It says that they were brought to N America and George Washington perhaps owned some. Also a lady in Nova Scotia has photos of some she claimed were in her backyard. Are you guys sure that it's not possible that it's not a pet? I do live in a very densely pine forested area with not much development.