Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

People urged to keep away from any wild turkeys
Johnson City (TN) Press ^ | September 14, 2012 | Jennifer Sprouse

Posted on 09/17/2012 4:38:29 PM PDT by don-o

After months of zero turkey activity, the feathered holiday animals have re-emerged and residents are urged to steer clear.

City Commissioner Clayton Stout said he’s already responded to a wild turkey sighting in the Regions Bank parking lot, near the Towne Acres community and as wildlife commissioner, he’s already made contact with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.

On Nov. 28, TWRA Officer Jeff Prater authorized the termination of two wild turkeys in the same Regions Bank location, which sparked a mixed debate on the fate of the birds.

This time around, Stout hopes to avoid that scenario altogether.

“We didn’t get into a lot of specifics as far as what (TWRA was) going to do, but bottom line is they were not going to do what they did in the past. There was going to be more of a concerted effort to relocate (the birds),” he said. “For me personally, I don’t want to see what happened last time and I’m just trying to work with the public and work with the wildlife agency as far as making sure that we’re in cooperation together.”

snip

“They usually hang together,” he said. “When I’ve seen a turkey, there’s usually about six together.”

“As they become more visible, more people will probably start to call,” he said. “It’s important that we don’t feed them because that was the problem initially, was that the turkeys became way too comfortable with people. Right now, from what I’m being told is these birds are ... wary of people. They try to stay away from people.”

He suggests that nearby residents and citizens spotting the birds pay them the same courtesy.

“One way the public can help is to keep us informed and also not to feed them,” Stout said.

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


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Outdoors; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS:
Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
1 posted on 09/17/2012 4:38:35 PM PDT by don-o
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: don-o

Don’t have to warn me.


2 posted on 09/17/2012 4:39:13 PM PDT by La Lydia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o
Just give it to me...


3 posted on 09/17/2012 4:40:43 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm not voting for Obama, so therefore I must be helping Romney!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COBOL2Java

LOL, beat me to it!


4 posted on 09/17/2012 4:41:56 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Romney was right about the Olympics, but neither the Brits or the Dems will admit it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: don-o

One of them did $1000 damage to the front grill of my car (husband driving) a year or so ago when he ran out into the road on a suicide mission.

I have them all over the back acreage of my place. Friends in the more citified ares of this municipalty complain that they tear up their flower beds. “What do you expect?” I say, “You’re feeding them!”


5 posted on 09/17/2012 4:43:58 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o

6 posted on 09/17/2012 4:45:07 PM PDT by arkady_renko
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o; al baby

"Don't go. I'm friendly, where are you going? Stop running! I got pie....!"

7 posted on 09/17/2012 4:45:42 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o

get out there with the bow. brine. fire up the ......


8 posted on 09/17/2012 4:46:20 PM PDT by waterhill (I Shall Remain: Beef: its whats for dinner...........)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COBOL2Java

If you’re drivin down the highway at night, and feelin that wild turkey’s bite....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfO8TcBa6I0


9 posted on 09/17/2012 4:46:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: GeronL

did that two legged creature just say 'gobble, gobble'?

10 posted on 09/17/2012 4:51:16 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: arkady_renko

That’s the spirit! Looking for a couple of Slow Joe, a Shelia J Lee and maybe a Hillary or two. Then there’s Pelosi, Barney’s Frank, Waxman... to infinity and beyond!!


11 posted on 09/17/2012 4:51:54 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: don-o

Oh man.....I’d love to be in the police station for the morning briefing....

“Bob, have we had any unauthorized turkey activity?”

“No Sarge, but some pigeons have been pooping on the mayor’s car again.”

“Keep a sharp lookout for unauthorized turkey activity. And hey! Let’s all be safe out there.”


12 posted on 09/17/2012 4:53:11 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: COBOL2Java

That Wild Turkey hurt me one time. I steer clear of that one.


13 posted on 09/17/2012 4:53:27 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: don-o

Just tell the LEO’s they are funny looking dogs.


14 posted on 09/17/2012 4:54:51 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o
Photobucket
15 posted on 09/17/2012 4:58:29 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("OF COURSE I TALK TO MYSELF - Sometimes I need an expert opinion")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o

16 posted on 09/17/2012 5:11:26 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Michael.SF.

Me too.


17 posted on 09/17/2012 5:13:55 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: don-o

wait !

Lemme get my popcorn!


18 posted on 09/17/2012 5:14:07 PM PDT by onona (This space for rent....cheep)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o

I truly don’t understand the problem here. Offer a bounty but let anybody who bags one keep the meat. Sounds like one of those win-win-win situations to me.


19 posted on 09/17/2012 5:18:47 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o

Paging Ted Nugent


20 posted on 09/17/2012 5:19:32 PM PDT by SeeSharp
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o
You've got to be kidding. I've got a flock of over 30 around here that are totally at ease with people- you can get within 5 feet of them- and I have yet to see them chase down and beat a liberal yet, going on 8 or 9 yrs. incident-free.

Of course, that might be because there are no liberals here.

Oh wait... maybe that's because of the attack turkeys.

21 posted on 09/17/2012 5:20:33 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o

This area of the Florida Panhandle Had just about all the wild turkeys hunted out for the last 30 years or so. I do remember my Father killing a big tom the day before Christmas around 1960.

The state game dept. reintroduced them a few years ago and they have made a remarkable comeback. Twice in the last month or so, I have seen somewhere around 15 to maybe 25 in a group.

They all appeared to be hens to me but there must be toms around.


22 posted on 09/17/2012 5:22:35 PM PDT by yarddog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: piasa
The wild ones, however tame and bold, have been no problem. The only time I've seen a turkey get aggressive to people, isn't because it was domestic, and not because of getting fed, it was because someone hand raised a male chick fromits hatch day and the darn thing imprinted on humans, so when it got old enough to mate it didn't look for a female turkey, it tried to woo people. It thought it was people. And then because it got no cooperation, it got frustrated, and started trying to mate with anything that was blue- bucket, blanket, garden gnome, you name it.

Didn't matter what it was so long as it was blue, and if you tried to pick up or touch his blue "object of affection" he would attack.

23 posted on 09/17/2012 5:30:56 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: hadaclueonce

did a wild turkey bite your sister


24 posted on 09/17/2012 5:34:04 PM PDT by mt tom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: COBOL2Java

I prefer Wild Turkey Rare Breed.


25 posted on 09/17/2012 5:36:35 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic
One of them did $1000 damage to the front grill of my car (husband driving) a year or so ago when he ran out into the road on a suicide mission.

Luckily, I was able to duck under one (I was riding my Ducati at the time) who decided to take off from one side of the road for their roosting trees on the other side near dusk a couple of years ago. Scared the heck out of me. It missed me by a couple of feet, but I have no doubt that hitting it (either with my bike or body) would have been a very bad thing.

Mark

26 posted on 09/17/2012 5:40:28 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: don-o

27 posted on 09/17/2012 5:41:42 PM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Brandonmark

I like your turkey!!!!


28 posted on 09/17/2012 5:47:47 PM PDT by Ab Alius Domitor ("In the end; the winner")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: piasa
Of course, that might be because there are no liberals here.

Oh wait... maybe that's because of the attack turkeys.

Mark

29 posted on 09/17/2012 5:48:53 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: COBOL2Java
My thought exactly.

In the words of Groucho Marx, "Your blended friend."

30 posted on 09/17/2012 6:06:04 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: don-o

Last spring, my dog, Dubbers, found a nest of turkey eggs out in the woods somewhere. - She kept showing up at the house with her big old mouth just full of turkey eggs, which she took off and ate before I could stop her. - Nature, I guess.


31 posted on 09/17/2012 6:37:30 PM PDT by Twinkie (In whose eyes a vile person is contemned. Ps. 15:4a)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o

wild turkeys are delicious!!!(God made them out of turkey meat!!!


32 posted on 09/17/2012 6:37:38 PM PDT by terycarl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: piasa
if you tried to pick up or touch his blue "object of affection" he would attack.

OMG the obama jokes just write themselves don't they? Bad taste...must walk away.

33 posted on 09/17/2012 6:39:28 PM PDT by lovesdogs (Nevermind what I post...I have clothespins handy and will vote for Mitt.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: COBOL2Java

ya....I spent all weekend trying to kill one of these things....

Monday morning....

I agree....

Stay Away!


34 posted on 09/17/2012 7:36:49 PM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic

I live in central, rural Kentucky. Here we shoot and eat them. Lots of quality protein and VERY tasty.

I have the benefit of living on a small farm in a patch of about 9 acres of grass where nobody can see us. I can shoot turkey, deer, you name it, whenever I want.


35 posted on 09/17/2012 7:51:22 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

I was driving back from band practice about an hour ago in the rain and hit a bunny the same time I saw a huge turkey just standing on the side of the road.


36 posted on 09/17/2012 7:52:36 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: piasa

When we cut the hay here we sometimes come up on turkey nests. Apparently it is illegal to grab the eggs and have your chickens brood them.

Maybe you nailed why.


37 posted on 09/17/2012 7:55:35 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: arkady_renko

That’s a nice picture of Obama and Patrick Ewing!


38 posted on 09/17/2012 7:59:24 PM PDT by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: don-o

Wild turkeys are part of our life in northern California. Some years ago we were showing Lake Tahoe to some friends from Chicago. We stopped at a table on the lake’s shore. Four turkeys saw us having lunch and decided to join us. As they came up to the table a large van loaded with people looking for a lunch spot pulled in and asked if we were about to leave. I said yes but they would have to give our friends something to eat. A lady in the group I think wanted to pull my/our leg(s) so she asked ‘Oh what are your friends names’. The question took me off guard for a couple of seconds. Then I responded by pointing at the geese in succession ‘that is Number One, that is Number Two, that is Number Three and that is Number Four.’ The entire bunch had a big laugh and I do believe the other group was feeding the birds by the numbers.


39 posted on 09/17/2012 9:16:33 PM PDT by noinfringers2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: noinfringers2

40 posted on 09/17/2012 9:38:38 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: going hot
Photobucket
41 posted on 09/17/2012 9:51:43 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: La Lydia
Not me either. When I had the farm one of the birds I raised was Royal Palm turkeys, One pen inside the chicken coop and the other outside with fencing...1 male and 3 female royal Palms....A wild one flew into the outside enclosure and he and my tom got into bloody fight. My husband didn't ‘t like birds so he handed me the leather gloves and said......go getum Judy....I finally got the 2 untangled and grabbed the wild one by the legs and threw him into the part of the chicken coop that held my other Royals.....He had a beard that reached the ground. I ended up giving him a couple of females for himself....breeding 2 different breeds (coloration) was quite interesting...
42 posted on 09/17/2012 10:02:25 PM PDT by goat granny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: goat granny

PBS did a story on raising wild turkeys:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/my-life-as-a-turkey/full-episode/7378/

Darn, can’t get the video to play.


43 posted on 09/17/2012 11:41:27 PM PDT by JohnnyP
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: JohnnyP

The last house I lived in, the fellow who’s back yard butted up to mine...we would sometimes talk over the fence...He was in a club that set up and keep tract of the wild turkeys they let loose in Michigan. When I told him about the wild turkey I had on the farm, he said it might have been a domestic turkey that got loose from a farm...the turkeys they let loose are kept tract of and I think he said also genetics....there is a domestic turkey that looks just like the wild ones. The difference is noted in the edge of the tail feathers....I think he said the wild are edged in brown and the domestic was white...The wild turkey association doesn’t like the domestics that run loose, their offspring are not genetic 100% wild....

This is just a stab in the dark, (being over 20 years ago) but I think the one I ended up having was wild....not sure but the demestic one’s are called Russets....Royal Palm are totally white except for the edging on each feather is black..


44 posted on 09/18/2012 2:56:25 AM PDT by goat granny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: don-o

There is a flock of wild turkeys close to where I live. A flock pass by the property next to our house about a month ago. My wife and I have occasionally seen them frolicking on the lawn of a house across the road from the woods where the birds must have their digs. My question: are the people who own the property the turkeys occasionally pass time on allowed to shoot or trap them if they’re on their property?


45 posted on 09/18/2012 5:52:37 AM PDT by driftless2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o

"Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful."

46 posted on 09/18/2012 6:24:41 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o

eet mor tir-kee


47 posted on 09/18/2012 7:02:28 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: don-o

You never know about those darn turkeys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In5s7r6JQW0


48 posted on 09/18/2012 8:36:28 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson