November 27, 2009 by USA Post
November 27: Turkey trot results 2009, turkey soup: Little love left for wild Turkeys. Californians don’t know how to tackle the increasing population of wild turkeys in their backyards. Besides, they even don’t know the exact number of turkeys in their region because since 2004 there has been no census to count the wild turkeys. The problem has exacerbated as the number of hunters has shrunk.
According to animal lovers, five years ago there were more than 200,000 wild turkeys in California. Most of the turkeys live in suburbs as they favor the quiet area. Stacey Martinelli, the wildlife biologist with the fish and game department for Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties says you cannot discharge a firearm.
That is why it is usual to see citizens acting themselves to combat the menace.
In Orinda people are seen with a bow and arrow. They gripe that just as the grapes are ripening in the wine country, turkeys destroy them by nibbling on them. “They’re tall enough to reach cluster level,” said Nick Frey, president of Sonoma County Winegrape Commission.
To get rid of them many are killed. About 600 wild turkeys live in Rossmoor, Walnut Creek and they make life difficult for the locals by stealing their food and overcrowding the rooftops. This forced the officials to kill and trap them. “Every year, it’s gotten worse,” said Rich Perona, a landscape manager.
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