‘Tis the season for turkey on the table, in the oven, even in the freezer. But for Marie Adams of Vancouver Island, BC more turkey is not a good thing.
A small flock of wild turkeys has taken a liking to her home, and she’s got turkey on the lawn, on the car, even in the back yard. And it looks like they might be there to stay.
“They just won’t move. They are confident, not a thing is worrying them,” she said, noting that her dog ran them off once, but the returned a few hours later.
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Did you know that we almost lost the wild turkey to extinction? Game managers estimate that only 30,000 of the once-abundant fowl remained in the US by the 1930s as the birds fell victim to over hunting and habitat destruction.
Today, intensive conservation efforts and the introduction of wild turkeys into areas beyond their natural range (southwestern and eastern North America), has brought the US population to more than 7 million wild turkeys. (They are becoming more abundant in Canada too but numbers are not available.)
Conservation efforts have been so successful that we’re now having to learn how to live with these three-foot-tall birds. Ms. Adams has plenty of company: recent urban turkey tales have included reports of aggressive birds attacking people, harassing letter carriers and church congregations, wreaking havoc on farmers’ fields and even guarding the FBI/DEA building in Bridgeport, Connecticut!