Wikipedia says: "The Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), is a bird in the pheasant family (Phasianidae). It is native to Asia and has been widely introduced elsewhere as a game bird. In parts of its range, namely in places where none of its relatives occur such as in Europe (where it is naturalized), it is simply known as the "pheasant". It is a well-known gamebird, among those of more than regional importance perhaps the most widespread and ancient one in the whole world."
Pheasants Forever says it's "dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land ...
I view pheasants that survive in wild areas to be wildlife, regardless of being native to Asia.
However, I don't get the same feeling of excitement in seeing pheasants in MN as I do in seeing loons, woodducks and other native animals in MN.
I took this photo of a pheasant in my backyard on Feb 14, 2009. My neighbors leave food out for the pheasants, although it seems to me the pheasants spend more time eating seeds from my native grasses and prairie plants.
Again, I have nothing against pheasants. They seem to have adapted well to this area and don't seem to bother other native wildlife. There's more I could say, but I'm not too sure how I feel about this.