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PostFri Nov 01, 2019 10:22 am 
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I never remember seeing ANY growing up in Chelan County in the '60s and '70s.  I guessed, incorrectly that they were indigenous but decimated by DDT and other commonly-used chemicals of that period, like eagles and other species, and turkeys are another recovery success story.

These days I see them everywhere throughout the region.  At my place, they strip the elderberry bushes clean in the fall.  Now I know that they are stealing an important food source from the black bears, deer, ground squirrels, chipmunks, and many other species of birds that I've observed munching on the berries (myself included  biggrin.gif )

A solution comes to mind, just in time for Thanksgiving!
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PostSat Nov 02, 2019 1:54 pm 
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Downhill wrote:
Now I know that they are stealing an important food source from the black bears, deer, ground squirrels, chipmunks, and many other species of birds

Yep.  But there are also lots of missing animals, like grazing camelids, that had an ecological niche only a short while ago.

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A solution comes to mind, just in time for Thanksgiving!

My mother told me a story about her housekeeper.  Another client offered the housekeeper a wild turkey he had shot for Thanksgiving.  Money was tight so she was happy to accept.  She cooked it but they couldn't eat it, it was way too tough.  So unless you can tell that it is a yearling, you might end up with only turkey soup for Thanksgiving.   tongue.gif

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PostSat Nov 02, 2019 6:05 pm 
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Pheasants are also invasive pests in North America. Some try to claim that because they are tasty that makes them not invasive. Right.....

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PostSat Nov 09, 2019 12:18 pm 
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It’s the turkey apocalypse in New Jersey!

https://nj1015.com/overdevelopment-to-blame-for-turkey-terror-in-nj-animal-cop-says/

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PostSat Nov 09, 2019 4:36 pm 
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Was walking my in-laws’ property in NW Montana and came across a spot that made it obvious that a lynx or bobcat (yes, did see a lynx one time) appreciated their presence.

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PostSat Nov 09, 2019 5:54 pm 
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Yeah, husband saw a cat down in the meadows by the Teanaway off hwy 10 one morning, and we'd been seeing turkeys in there regularly all week.

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PostSun Nov 10, 2019 5:16 pm 
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Went for a bike ride today.  Saw a whole mess of turkeys in the orchard where they seem to hang out.  They seemed bigger and fatter this time.  Of course, soon as I stopped and got out the camera, they were running away.  There are two blobs that are turkeys in this picture.  They blend in well with all the dead leaves.   There is no way I can creep up on these demon birds.

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That’s an interesting picture Ts, very artistic!

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PostTue Nov 19, 2019 3:34 pm 
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Sculpin wrote:
Downhill wrote:
Now I know that they are stealing an important food source from the black bears, deer, ground squirrels, chipmunks, and many other species of birds

Yep.  But there are also lots of missing animals, like grazing camelids, that had an ecological niche only a short while ago.

Downhill wrote:
A solution comes to mind, just in time for Thanksgiving!

My mother told me a story about her housekeeper.  Another client offered the housekeeper a wild turkey he had shot for Thanksgiving.  Money was tight so she was happy to accept.  She cooked it but they couldn't eat it, it was way too tough.  So unless you can tell that it is a yearling, you might end up with only turkey soup for Thanksgiving.   tongue.gif

I'm a tightwad Scotsman so that makes me an expert at cooking the cheapest, toughest cuts of meat - pork, beef, fowl, etc.  Just takes an overnight in the brine and then cookin' slow and low.   To your point, if if all goes badly - soup time!   hockeygrin.gif
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