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Wild Turkey Ruckus in NorCal: They Knock the Stuffing Out of Mercedes

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By    |   Monday, 20 November 2017 11:05 AM

Wild turkeys are causing a ruckus in Northern California, wreaking havoc on shiny Mercedes and anything else that provokes them in the San Francisco Bay area. Residents say the aggressive birds have invaded urban areas and are terrorizing neighborhoods.

"These turkeys weigh like 20 pounds, and they know how to defend themselves," said Dan Gluesenkamp, executive director of the California Native Plant Society, KCRA reported. "There are tons of stories (about) people's brand new Mercedes getting torn up by 20-pound Toms who are looking at their reflections."

Wild Turkeys were first introduced in the state decades ago for hunting purposes.

According to Scientific American, thousands of wild turkeys were trapped and released at various locations by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Since then the population has increased rapidly to occupy over 29,000 square miles of California.

“My wife gets irritated because she cleans up after them," Anthony Blackburn told the San Francisco Chronicle, although he added that he enjoyed watching the animals on the hill across the street “scratching and pecking, and even occasionally napping.”

East Bay Regional Park District naturalist Anthony Fisher told the East Bay Express that turkeys would often confront and chase people down the street.

Oakland resident James Stevens described how one male turkey used to charge people near his home and have regular stand-offs with his dog.

"Most of the time," he said, "it would just stare at you like a real creep,” he said per the East Bay Express.

The focus has been on complaints of wild turkeys harassing local residents but Scientific American said a more important issue was whether the birds were damaging the environment.

“It is very likely that wild turkeys are affecting the ecological communities that they have come to inhabit in California,” said Christina Donehower, an environmental scientist at the Natural Resources Division, California Department of Parks and Recreation.

“However, at this time, State Parks has limited capacity to devote to the monitoring and management of turkeys.”

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Wild turkeys are causing a ruckus in Northern California, wreaking havoc on shiny Mercedes and anything else that provokes them in the San Francisco Bay area. Residents say the aggressive birds have invaded urban areas and are terrorizing neighborhoods.
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