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Wild Turkeys Running Loose in East Bay Town, Parents Keeping Kids Indoors
SF Weekly ^ | Thu., Feb. 21 2013 | Erin Sherbert

Posted on 02/26/2013 6:06:10 PM PST by nickcarraway

A troop of turkeys goes house-hunting in Berkeley While the suburban residents of Concord try to deal with that wayward camel at commute time, the folks in quiet Albany are battling their own random creatures.

We came across this fun news item this morning from CBS, which explains how a dozen or so wild turkeys are overrunning the small town of Albany with their annoying gobbles, clucks, and cackles. Interestingly enough, the turkey troops showed up after Thanksgiving and have overstayed their welcome.

Parents are worried these wild birds will try to take on their children (sounds like a Stephen King movie) so they're keeping them safe inside, entertained by video games, no doubt.

Apparently, these birds do not consider themselves Albany residents; the feathered gang was also spotted taking over a Berkeley neighborhood about a month ago.

Look:

Actually, residents should be concerned, considering mating season for these wild turkeys has officially begun.


TOPICS: Food; Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: berkeley; gravy; turkeys; wildlife

1 posted on 02/26/2013 6:06:28 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

A 20 gauge Mossberg loaded with No.4 shot will take care of this issue.


2 posted on 02/26/2013 6:09:12 PM PST by stboz
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To: nickcarraway
Mmmmmmm... Wild Turkey!


3 posted on 02/26/2013 6:10:44 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

Give your kid a gun and tell them to bring home dinner!


4 posted on 02/26/2013 6:10:45 PM PST by x1stcav (Man up! We're all going to have to become Samuel Whittemores.)
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To: nickcarraway

Once they learn that heat from the engine keeps the car hood warm for a long time, they will perch on that hood and destroy the paint job!


5 posted on 02/26/2013 6:12:02 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: nickcarraway

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

Don’t cha give Johnny Walker a ride
Jack Black is right by his side.

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


6 posted on 02/26/2013 6:12:51 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
 Wild turkeys couldn't drag me away,
Wild turkeys, we'll ride 'em some day!

7 posted on 02/26/2013 6:13:24 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

The camel incident occurred near where I live. As for the Wile Turkeys, the turkeys in these photos are thin lol. As I visit my parents at their graveside, I saw a gang of Wild Turkey. Dang I drove near them to see and boy I don’t know what these Turkeys were eating, but hell these were fat. I’m surprised they were not stamped with the word “BUTTERBALL” because many of them were FAT and PLUMP. The first thing I thought when I saw them was Thanksgiving Dinner.


8 posted on 02/26/2013 6:13:46 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: stboz

Coyotes will find them before long.


9 posted on 02/26/2013 6:14:00 PM PST by PGR88
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To: nickcarraway
A dozen or so? I have that many roosting in trees in just my back yard on a regular basis. It sounds like armageddon in the article.

Around these parts we call that dinner.

10 posted on 02/26/2013 6:14:00 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: nickcarraway
Wild Turk.


11 posted on 02/26/2013 6:17:28 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway
My grandson had a run in with a goose when he was 4 or 5. The goose was eye to eye with him and really getting aggressive. After a couple of charges Gerry calmly planted a kick dead center on the goose and the goose remembered other things it had to do.

People do great harm to kids by over protecting them.

12 posted on 02/26/2013 6:20:40 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: ConservativeInPA

“I have that many roosting in trees in just my back yard...”

How did they get up there? I thought turkeys can’t fly?


13 posted on 02/26/2013 6:20:49 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

“How did they get up there? I thought turkeys can’t fly?”

We have loads of them here, too, other side of the hill (thankfully) from Berkeley.

They can’t “fly” from point-to-point but they can flap their wings and kind of levitate themselves up atop a 10-12 foot wall or a low tree branch.


14 posted on 02/26/2013 6:24:56 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Beowulf9

They can fly short distances.


15 posted on 02/26/2013 6:25:36 PM PST by Husker24
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To: nickcarraway

16 posted on 02/26/2013 6:29:05 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

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


17 posted on 02/26/2013 6:30:15 PM PST by Husker24
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To: nickcarraway
Another pic from Albany.


18 posted on 02/26/2013 6:31:38 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

I am Sparturkey. I and my horney hordemates shall lay waste to the mighty empire of the East Bay. First Berkeley now Albany till all the birds are free to fly or fry. Down with Turduckin. :)


19 posted on 02/26/2013 6:34:04 PM PST by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: Beowulf9

I thought they couldn’t either, until a whole flock of them stopped in our yard several years ago. They came walking up our driveway and stopped to drink from our spring. I was floored when they started running and next thing you know, they took off and flew high up in a tree. I’ ve seen them walking single file through the woods. I never saw them fly though!


20 posted on 02/26/2013 6:34:44 PM PST by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder; Beowulf9

The turkeys in my yard can sure fly. They apparently don’t like to but they fly clear across my six acres and beyond.


21 posted on 02/26/2013 6:37:54 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: stboz
A 20 gauge Mossberg loaded with No.4 shot will take care of this issue.

I would love to do that in Berkeley. Preferably downtown. Can you imagine how many thousands of insane libtards would just keel over dead from the shock and horror?

22 posted on 02/26/2013 6:38:53 PM PST by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: 2111USMC

It would be worth the shot to learn the true number.


23 posted on 02/26/2013 6:43:07 PM PST by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: muir_redwoods

Well, I stand corrected. Never seen them really take to the air like that. Perhaps given this is the SF area, they are liberal turkeys around here and their aspirations have been sapped.


24 posted on 02/26/2013 6:45:57 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Beowulf9
I thought turkeys can’t fly?

You are kidding, right?

Turkeys fly, not that well, but it is a scary when a bunch of them fly over your head. (cover your head, LOL) I prefer my turkeys to be called up the mountain side (on the ground) early in the morning from the valley below ... with me doing the calling.

25 posted on 02/26/2013 6:49:15 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: nickcarraway

The Occupiers are getting an early start this year.


26 posted on 02/26/2013 6:49:47 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Beowulf9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST01bZJPuE0

They can't !

27 posted on 02/26/2013 6:53:34 PM PST by onona (KCCO, and mind the gap)
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To: nickcarraway

Little Eva knew something about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61OAdLSfpw0


28 posted on 02/26/2013 6:54:30 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

We have a couple of flocks of about 20 each. (rural forested area.) A few females will spin off later in the spring and walk around with their new offspring following them. Three or four males and a couple of females will hang out together when it is not mating season. Yes they will perch in trees.


29 posted on 02/26/2013 6:58:18 PM PST by marsh2
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

What do you mean they can’t fly? They’re not going to migrate from Maine to Florida but they certainly can fly.


30 posted on 02/26/2013 6:59:52 PM PST by ladyjane (For the first time in my life I am not proud of my country.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

“They can’t “fly” from point-to-point but they can flap their wings and kind of levitate themselves up atop a 10-12 foot wall or a low tree branch.”

Yes, they can fly and do.They stay close to cover and have no need to soar, nor could they. They can surprise you with a burst out of the brush going straight up


31 posted on 02/26/2013 7:04:11 PM PST by Figment
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Naw, in SF they’re waiting for the taxpayer to come up with airfare.


32 posted on 02/26/2013 7:06:40 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Darksheare

Ping


33 posted on 02/26/2013 7:07:44 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: nickcarraway

I work at a residential Tx facility for at-risk teen boys. The place
is a 1,000 acre ranch in the Sierra Nevada foothills and there are
many, many dozens of wild turkeys. Many of them will fly across
gulches and roost high in ponderosa pines or oaks. Not a great
fear of humans in these critters. Several years ago a few of the
boys started annoying a couple of toms. We put a stop to that but
these toms became aggressive and started chasing and attacking
staff. Finally they had to put both of them down. Like peacocks,
some of the toms will peck at cars if they see their reflection in
the paint job or chrome bumpers. Even have a few scratches in
my pick-up to prove it.


34 posted on 02/26/2013 7:22:44 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: nickcarraway

I work at a residential Tx facility for at-risk teen boys. The place
is a 1,000 acre ranch in the Sierra Nevada foothills and there are
many, many dozens of wild turkeys. Many of them will fly across
gulches and roost high in ponderosa pines or oaks. Not a great
fear of humans in these critters. Several years ago a few of the
boys started annoying a couple of toms. We put a stop to that but
these toms became aggressive and started chasing and attacking
staff. Finally they had to put both of them down. Like peacocks,
some of the toms will peck at cars if they see their reflection in
the paint job or chrome bumpers. Even have a few scratches in
my pick-up to prove it.


35 posted on 02/26/2013 7:23:15 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: 2111USMC

How many times have you ever heard in the news about a drive by turkey shooting? LOL!


36 posted on 02/26/2013 7:24:48 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: nickcarraway
how a dozen or so wild turkeys are overrunning the small town of Albany with their annoying gobbles, clucks, and cackles. Interestingly enough, the turkey troops showed up after Thanksgiving and have overstayed their welcome.

I really don't know how to describe it. It was like the turkeys mounted a counter-attack! It was almost as if they were... organized!

37 posted on 02/26/2013 7:28:16 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: nickcarraway

Does nobody there have a shotgun/bow/crossbow and/or a smoker?

That’s a ton of delicious, delicious food right there.


38 posted on 02/26/2013 7:44:36 PM PST by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: Revolting cat!

39 posted on 02/26/2013 8:10:30 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Beowulf9

Wild turkeys can fly. The ones raised on farms for Thanksgiving can’t. - Remember on that old tv show, “WEKR in Cincinnati”, I think. The station had a Thanksgiving promotion where they flew over and dropped a bunch of “free” turkeys for the holiday - live ones. Only they were the domestic variety, and dropped like rocks.


40 posted on 02/26/2013 8:29:04 PM PST by Twinkie (JOHN 3:16)
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To: nickcarraway

Jeet yet?

Nope, Fixin’ to... :-)


41 posted on 02/26/2013 9:34:49 PM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: PGR88
California is the first place I ever saw wild turkeys that were hit by cars. If the state stupidity standards hold, most of those coyotes probably already fell prey to ACMEtm portable holes...
42 posted on 02/26/2013 9:39:01 PM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

The hell they can’t fly... I’ve seen them fly fair distances fine. I shot one on the wing with a deer rifle many moons ago (and it was a neck shot, so it didn’t just explode :-)).


43 posted on 02/26/2013 9:43:49 PM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Axenolith
Yes, they fly ...not what I'd call *graceful*....but they fly quite well for all that weight....for their purposes [to roost.] :)


44 posted on 02/26/2013 10:41:01 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: stboz
I used to work with two turkey hunters. One described elaborate, time-consuming schemes to trap the wily birds. He said the elaborate schemes usually failed because the birds were so smart.

I asked the other guy how he went about his turkey hunting. "You walk right up to them and shoot them" he responded with a laugh. According to the second co-worker, turkeys are too stupid to be afraid of people with guns.

45 posted on 02/27/2013 3:48:23 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Slings and Arrows

Dang! IT took 39 posts to get to the South Park show.

It was the first thing I though of.

“Oh darling, look. Thanksgiving turkeys. “


46 posted on 02/27/2013 8:15:55 AM PST by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian

“Every turkey dies. Not every turkey truly lives.”


47 posted on 02/27/2013 9:41:10 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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