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Turkeys harassing North Dakota
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Nan(TX)    Posted 03-06-2003 at 11:04:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
ROCKLAKE, N.D. - Turkeys have been hassling this Towner County town of about 150.
Towner Deputy Jerry Martin said he had to rescue a woman who was trapped in her car after a group of turkeys stopped her from getting out.
"I had to chase them away with a broom," Martin said.
The turkeys were raised on a Rocklake farm but left to fend for themselves when the farm family left, Martin and others said. In the summer, the birds hang out in the wild, but winter finds them in town, eating at bird feeders, the elevator, and looking for scraps from residents.
"The trouble comes when someone who likes seeing them starts putting out food for them," said Greg Link, an assistant Game and Fish Department wildlife chief. "Any wildlife that hangs around people isn't a good situation."
Link said wild turkeys also have created problems in Minot and Wahpeton, and eventually will be trapped and moved to the wild.
Towner County Sheriff Vaughn Klier was asked what happened to one of the more belligerent turkeys after he threatened in a newspaper column to have "a meeting at high noon" with the bird. The sheriff said he would "have to plead the Fifth (Amendment)."
Klier moved back to his home area three years ago after a 22-year law enforcement career in Oregon.
"I went up against really bad guys in Oregon, but they didn't tell me I had to go against turkeys," Klier said. "Things can get dangerous in Towner County."

Taylor Lambert    Posted 03-06-2003 at 18:43:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
For years turkeys here were rare but when they got established again we had one major problem I was in my 3rd year of voteck in highschool and my afternoon class let me drive my trucb because i could save the bus a trip. I was on the way home and had gotten behind the buss when a wild turkey flew across the rroad from a feild. ANd perfectly caught the big window beside the driveand a flogged half the passengers on the bus I could see folks kickin screaming and paniced from the back door and eventually he found an open back glass and flew off. It was the funniest thing i saw lots of 17 and 18 year olds wide eyed one broken nose and a few scratched up good. another fella saw a bunch fly infront of his truck and that one happend to be a stragler.

Nan(TX)    Posted 03-06-2003 at 19:45:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Wow its no wonder Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird. Thanks for the laugh.

Nan(TX)    Posted 03-06-2003 at 13:37:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You know what grates my cheese is when you buy turkeys from the feed store and no mater what you do they die on you. After reading this I think would have had better luck letting them lose in the wild.

bob    Posted 03-06-2003 at 13:26:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are these real wild ones or the domesticated ones. In Ia. the DNR frowns on turning dom loose in wild as have health problems. We live in fairly size city and we habve had problems. Seems like once started they mulitply like deer which are causing problems too.

Brad in IN    Posted 03-06-2003 at 11:31:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw a news story about a single wild turkey harrasing people in an Ohio town. I guess them critters can get an attitude. Don't think I would think much of myself if I let a bunch of turkeys bully me. They taste too good!

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