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It’s turkey time in Adams Hill Park

Post Date:11/19/2018 4:28 PM
Recently, there have been more and more sightings of wild turkeys around Adams Hill Park.

At least a few turkeys have resided in the park in recent years, but the number has greatly expanded this season. At least some of the increase can be attributed to the improvements that have occurred in Adams Hill Park.

“The increase in turkeys is due to the additions of more grass and plants at the park,” explained Wood Lake Naturalist Scott Ramsey. “These improvements have made the park a more attractive place for turkeys to stay.”

Even with the greater number of turkeys in the area, there is not an increased risk of the turkeys posing a threat to resident safety. The only problem the turkeys may cause is a delay in traffic if they are crossing the street and being a small nuisance if they are hanging out in a resident’s yard.

There are a few steps residents can take if they want a turkey to leave their yard or if a turkey gets closer than a resident would prefer.

“If you come in contact with a turkey, act boldly, do not let them intimidate you. They get scared easily with loud noises, and you can throw things, like a rock or a stick, to get them to move, suggested Ramsey. “Don’t worry about hurting them. Their feathers are extremely thick and protect them from anything that could be thrown at them, it just scares them away.”

Overall, there is no reason to be worried about the turkeys. They get scared easily and will leave as soon as they are intimidated.

“There is no reason to be scared of the city’s turkeys; they’re just doing their own thing. They have no vendetta against humans,” said Ramsey. “Just leave them alone, and they will leave you alone too.”
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