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Warren’s Wild Turkey

01/21/2008
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pdh017.gifIf you have driven down Mahoning Avenue, near the Summit Street intersection, you may have been one of many whose spotted the “Wild Turkey”, and not the sipping type, tho with three taverns nearby this may seem like a “pink turkey” story.

The fact is simple. A wild turkey has set up residence in the neighborhood and even the Tribune Chronicle ran an article about our new Fowl friend.

National Geographic News, November 19, 2007, did a story concerning the fact that wild turkeys are invading suburban U.S. So I guess Warren now has either a new neighbor or an “illegal alien.”

The National Geographic News went on to state that there is about 7 million turkeys throughout the country.

Now, back to Mahoning Avenue and Summit Street.

The other day as I approached the intersection, I saw a gentleman who had stopped his car and got out to chase the “bird” out of the street. “Good for you” was my immediate thought and thankful he didn’t try and run it over.

It seems that a Turkey only needs a tree to roost in at night along with some ground cover and they are pretty adaptable.

My main concern is that someone will try and hurt the bird, run it over or the stray dogs in the neighborhood may attack it.

I am surprised that someone hasn’t called the City, or the City hasn’t taken it upon themselves to get State Wild Life Officials involved to move this creature back to an environment more fitting and secure. Surely this feathered friend would be better with others of it’s kind in Farmington, Bristolville or Bloomfield, for the only “turkeys” Warren seems to appreciate are in politics.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bill permalink
    01/23/2008 10:28 am

    Tristan, I did call the state wildlife officer in West Farmington over a week ago. He asked how close a person could get, needing to be within 5 to 6′ range in order to net it. He said to call him back when the turkey was sighted and he would come. I couldn’t wait around for that. I also talked to Dr. Mills on the corner. Warren police have shown no interest, he said, but the State Patrol did send two cars once. I haven’t seen the bird for a few days, but somehow it has managed to survive crossing Mahoning on more than one occasion. I hope it’s still OK.

  2. 01/23/2008 2:24 pm

    Bill, saw the turkey sitting, very quietly, under the tree next to the Motel this morning. Thanks for info on your call to wildlife officers.

  3. 01/27/2008 4:48 pm

    It seems our neighborhood turkey is still around.

    As I was traveling home this afternoon, there it was standing on one leg and patiently waiting to get across Mahoning Avenue.

  4. 02/25/2008 12:09 pm

    Well, as of Feb 25th 2008, our turkey is still alive and seen feeding on the front lawn of a Mahoning Avenue house about 10 am.

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