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Tips to stop wild turkeys from terrorizing you
Boston Globe ^ | Wed November 19, 2008 | Beth Daley

Posted on 11/20/2008 4:18:30 PM PST by posterchild

In honor of Thanksgiving – and the constant stream of complaints wildlife officials get about the wild version of our holiday meal – this little item will be all about how to avoid the big birds from pecking at your heels this holiday season.

The good news is that wild turkeys have made a stunning comeback after being wiped out in the state by the mid-1800s from hunting and loss of habitat. Today, there are about 20,000-25,000 birds in Massachusetts. The bad news is that the wild turkeys have moved into Brookline, Newton and other suburbs where they are gaining an infamous reputation for terrorizing residents.

“No one ever guessed turkeys would become comfortable in urban and suburban areas…biologists thought these are very wary birds, there is no way they would get used to people, said Marion Larson, a biologist at MassWildlife. “But they found food in those places and they stayed.”

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: animalrights; benjaminfranklin; dinner; dumbbirds; environment; food; freepun; hunting; nationalbird; peta
The real danger facing us, or a good source of protein?
1 posted on 11/20/2008 4:18:31 PM PST by posterchild
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To: posterchild

This article is ridiculously funny...(did I say silly?).

Yep


2 posted on 11/20/2008 4:21:50 PM PST by SumProVita (%)
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To: SumProVita

Some of the comments on the site are quite good also.


3 posted on 11/20/2008 4:23:50 PM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain inalienable rights.)
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To: SumProVita

4 posted on 11/20/2008 4:25:35 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: posterchild
this is all turkey I say!
5 posted on 11/20/2008 4:26:23 PM PST by Ancient Drive (will)
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To: posterchild
I wonder if they fall for the old pencil line drawn on a piece of paper trick like chickens do? Anyone Know?
6 posted on 11/20/2008 4:26:55 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: posterchild
Call Mad Extermination Squad. We fix turkey problems (along with most other critters).
7 posted on 11/20/2008 4:27:15 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit.)
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To: Doogle

What is the line drawn on a piece of paper trick?


8 posted on 11/20/2008 4:29:03 PM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain inalienable rights.)
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To: posterchild

I think we have a few here in rural areas. A few would be welcome in my yard, but maybe I’d get more than I bargained for. I’d love to watch and photograph some. We are not Massachusetts, and there would be so much squawking, that they would do something to get rid of them like they do our deer.


9 posted on 11/20/2008 4:30:38 PM PST by Aliska
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To: posterchild
Here's a tip: Don't drink it.


10 posted on 11/20/2008 4:30:55 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Kirkwood

LOL, dang, and we even grabbed the same picture.


11 posted on 11/20/2008 4:31:36 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Kirkwood
Ah. You, sir, have correctly identified my holiday spirit of choice.

You don't win a damned thing, but you guessed correctly.


12 posted on 11/20/2008 4:32:44 PM PST by Viking2002 (Let's be proactive and start the impeachment NOW.)
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To: posterchild

A Massachusetts turkey on its way to Court for a license.

13 posted on 11/20/2008 4:34:36 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: posterchild
Best tip:

Do whatever it takes to make 'em look like this!

Then, before the PITA, er...PETA crowd finds out, you must eat the evidence.

14 posted on 11/20/2008 4:35:18 PM PST by uglybiker (1f u c4n r34d th1s u r34lly n33d 2 g3t l41d)
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To: posterchild

My bet is that some evening I could grab one, kill it, get it to the basement, plucked and cleaned in less than 15 minutes. The next day - turkey and all the trimmings! I have plucked a few gobblers and the only feathers that gave me trouble were the flight feathers in the wings. For this one I would simply lop the wings off. Stuff all the evidence in a black plastic bag and deposit it in a dumpster.


15 posted on 11/20/2008 4:37:56 PM PST by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: posterchild

I spent a weekend a while ago in my state’s bow hunting class. If I still lived in MA I could get by with just a pair of gloves and an axe.


16 posted on 11/20/2008 4:40:03 PM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain inalienable rights.)
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To: posterchild

“The real danger facing us, or a good source of protein?”

Well, I can tell you the flock of wild turkeys that visit me will be ‘protein’ if I get hungry.

We really enjoy them, but they have miles of natural habitat to keep them company. I did enjoy watching them chase the cat.


17 posted on 11/20/2008 4:42:51 PM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925)
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To: posterchild

I see wild turkeys from time to time along the old rail trail (actually the old trolley line between Princeton and Trenton). Never been attacked, and besides if you charge them, they usually fly away. Yes, wild turkeys CAN fly.


18 posted on 11/20/2008 4:45:28 PM PST by Clemenza (Red is the Color of Virility, Blue is the Color of Impotence)
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To: AFreeBird

80 proof? Wimps, step up to 101!


19 posted on 11/20/2008 4:50:48 PM PST by enraged
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To: posterchild
What is the line drawn on a piece of paper trick?

It seems like I've heard you can hypnotize them or something with a line on a piece of paper, but maybe that's some other trick.

20 posted on 11/20/2008 4:51:19 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: posterchild

There are turkeys and there are turkeys.

Wild turkeys seem to be the subjet here.

How about human turkeys? Would you rather soar with the eagles or fly with the turkeys?

A little off center I know, but I couldn’t help myself.


21 posted on 11/20/2008 5:16:47 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: posterchild
I always bottle the leftovers.


22 posted on 11/20/2008 5:17:50 PM PST by Daffynition ("Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.")
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To: posterchild

KENNEDY VOTERS!


23 posted on 11/20/2008 5:35:27 PM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: posterchild

Area I grew up in is within sight of the NYC skyline. My parents had a flock of 13 turkeys walking around two weeks ago.
The turkeys fully comprehend the dangers of motor vehicles, when they hear one coming, one of them puts out a warning call, they all move to the side of the road, it looks like kids playing stick ball. And as soon as the car passes, the turkeys continue on their way across the neighborhood roads.


24 posted on 11/20/2008 5:37:49 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: posterchild

Here’s how to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCCpRfB5aUU


25 posted on 11/20/2008 5:49:01 PM PST by Age of Reason
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To: posterchild

damn things... some mornings it's like running the gauntlet on the way to work!

26 posted on 11/20/2008 5:49:46 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist -)
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To: Clemenza
Yes, wild turkeys CAN fly.

Unlike their overweight domesticated cousins!

27 posted on 11/20/2008 6:01:47 PM PST by 6SJ7 (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: Viking2002

I’m drinking my turkey this holiday season. LOL!


28 posted on 11/20/2008 6:03:12 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: SLB

Don’t pluck them....skin them, way faster, and not as messy.


29 posted on 11/20/2008 6:05:03 PM PST by Osage Orange (Victims that fight back live longer.....................)
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To: Kirkwood
I've enjoyed responsibly in front of the walkaround fireplace at Savage River Lodge in Frostburg, Maryland, in recent years, but with the recent appearance of several nieces, nephews, grandkids, and the passing of Bodhi The Lodge Dog, we haven't made a pilgrimage there in a couple of years.

Bodhi, you big, sweet, lovable, intuitive, smarter-than-smart, more-human-than-human Golden Lab beast: I shall lift my glass to you, my canine friend. I shall always remember you. And we shall meet again in God's Kingdom, of that I am sure. Give my father a kiss on the cheek for me.


30 posted on 11/20/2008 6:17:59 PM PST by Viking2002 (Let's be proactive and start the impeachment NOW.)
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To: Osage Orange

I have, but I like the skin on them for roasting for Thanksgiving. I guess I am a traditionalist.


31 posted on 11/20/2008 7:04:38 PM PST by SLB (Wyoming's Alan Simpson on the Washington press - "all you get is controversy, crap and confusion")
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To: Kirkwood

Lol....now that would definitely quell the “terror.”


32 posted on 11/20/2008 8:01:20 PM PST by SumProVita (%)
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To: posterchild

WKRP not withstanding, (wild) turkeys CAN fly, though they prefer not to fly very far, mostly into trees for roosting.

Well, one day I was riding my Ducati down a road, minding my own business, and a turkey just happened to fly across the road, at right about head level. I just managed to duck low enough to avoid hitting it with my head. It was quite scary.

We’ve got tons of the critters around Kansas City. In fact, we’ve got quite a bit of other wildlife around here too. Stuff that you wouldn’t expect around here. Cougars and armadillos have turned up in the area. Now if we could just get the cougars to eat the armadillos!

Mark


33 posted on 11/21/2008 4:58:52 AM PST by MarkL
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To: posterchild
well.. tomorrow at dinner time it will be open season on Turkeys
34 posted on 11/26/2008 7:43:04 PM PST by Ancient Drive (will)
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