Wild turkeys chase kids, make mess - and face death

Wild turkeys chase kids, make mess - and face death

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The city of Dallas has permission from the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department to kill 10 nuisance wild turkeys that have been leaving messes and chasing children and other people in a northwest neighborhood.

The city says agents will shotgun the birds Dec. 17 at dusk when the turkeys roost. It's not a public hunt.

Assistant City Manager Emily Gagner told the Statesman Journal about 30 turkeys live in the neighborhood. She says some problem birds were killed earlier this year.

The meat was donated to needy families.

A state wildlife official, Dave Budeau, says problems with turkeys typically begin when people feed them and they lose their fear of humans.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

 

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