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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 7:28 am 
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Interesting article published recently in the Spokane Spokesman-Review:

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/oct/20/turkeys-in-washington-invasive-species-conservatio/

I thought that they had been re-introduced after being extirpated by hunting.  Come to find out that they were never native to Washington.

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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 7:41 am 
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years ago there was a wild game bird farm here. they raised chinese pheasant, grouse of different variety, etc etc. that has been gone for a long time. now however someone else has released turkey into the wild.
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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 7:46 am 
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I have friends that live on Spokane's south hill.  There are flocks of wild turkeys roaming their neighborhood.  Which seems kinda cool, until the flock chooses to camp out in your yard and defecate.
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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 7:56 am 
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I get tons and tons of turkeys at my place. They're pretty much omnipresent, and it's interesting to watch the cycle of life going on...in the spring they start showing up en masse, and in a month  the little ones show up. Then month by month you see the size differences rapidly decrease as the little ones grow like weeds.

My cat has an understanding with them, he doesn't go near them, they don't peck the crap out of him. The flocks wander through a couple times a day, they've done so well in the clear understory light brush vegetation of the area that the flock sizes get up to 30 or more birds,  they'll trail down my long driveway for quite a ways, talking and eating as they go. Evenings can be entertaining, they really like a couple of my big oaks and they'll gather on a slight rise near those trees in order to get a shorter flight to get into the tree for the night, then take off up into the branches one by one like airplanes lined up for takeoff at LAX.

I  have never actually noticed a defecation issue of any kind even with the large flocks hanging out on the lawn. All I find is feathers. It's not the same as when geese decide your lawn is the place to stay. The downside is what they do to my artsy driftwood fences next to scopehenge. When they're little they'd fly up and sit on the fences, very cute. But then they keep doing it as they grow, and the fence can handle 5 small birds...but not five full size ones, and they break the darned fence!

We had peacocks too, for exactly one season. My ex wife found them being given away in Parkdale, and she brought them home. Spectacular birds in the yard, loud as hell. I could sometimes hear them from *way* down the road on the way home if I had the windows down. This is related to the turkey tales because they got along famously. You could look out onto the lawn when the turkeys were visiting, and the turkeys and two peacocks were hanging out together, even wandering around together. As fall approached, the peacocks started to move on with the turkey flocks as they came and went during the day.

Finally when the turkeys started moving out for the winter, the peacocks went with them. Next year the turkeys returned,  but the peacocks did not. We did hear from a friend farther up the mountain that he'd spotted the peacocks up there in the spring.

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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 7:59 am 
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Driving yesterday, I had to take evasive action several times to avoid them. They are thick in eastern Wa.
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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 9:35 am 
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They can be a real pain in Eastern Canada and New England. They stand in the road and do not move and are big enough to damage your car. They also can be quite aggressive to pedestrians. They definitely need to be culled.

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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 9:38 am 
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And they fall from above!

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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 10:41 am 
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So, pepper spray or bullets to deter turkey attacks?  lol.gif

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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 10:44 am 
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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 7:20 pm 
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Slugman wrote:
So, pepper spray or bullets to deter turkey attacks?  lol.gif

I have thumped one with a hiking pole and it went away and bothered other people.  It never came back to our campsite.

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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 10:22 pm 
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cdestroyer wrote:
years ago there was a wild game bird farm here. they raised chinese pheasant, grouse of different variety, etc etc. that has been gone for a long time. now however someone else has released turkey into the wild.

The old game department had released some by the ‘60’s. The first ones I saw were in Klickitat in the open country - oak thicket breaks. I think initially just one specie.

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PostSat Oct 26, 2019 6:29 am 
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Locally, I have seen a major herd of them hanging out in an orchard during the winter.  There are also wild turkeys roaming Steamboat SP, early in the morning.

The bird I thumped was one of two Toms that had been blown into the Grand Canyon.  They had taken up residence at the campground in the bottom and had developed the typical park behavior of looking to steal food from campers.

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PostSat Oct 26, 2019 12:47 pm 
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Forgot.

I’ve also seen them invading an aisle at the liquor store.

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PostSat Oct 26, 2019 2:38 pm 
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Pyrites wrote:
I’ve also seen them invading an aisle at the liquor store.

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PostSat Oct 26, 2019 4:37 pm 
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a group of turkeys is called a "rafter"
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