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Citizen complaint of the day: Urgent turkey help needed

Turkey family in South Boston

A concerned South Boston resident decides to give 311 a shot instead of calling the Butterball hotline:

What do we do about wild turkeys in my front yard



The turkeys own it now.


You should carefully pet the chicks; the mother won’t mind one bit.

1) take more pictures, preferably without the fire hydrant and when they are in better light

2) send them to U hub and share with readers if you get a nice one.

3) subtitle it adorable in honor of Elmer

4) leave the wildlife alone. It will take care of itself. If not, the coyotes and bobcats will. It's nature.



Try to get a couple more shots of that adorable poult!


5) Greet them as liberators
6) Give them back their ancestral homeland
7) Provide kosher baked goods


But not pizza crusts, based on the preferences of the liberators who visit that part of their ancestral homelands that I maintain for them.

So turkeys are the lost tribes of Israel?

Why not, everyone else is ...

Simply get one and you have a fresh, live killed turkey for a nice sunday dinner.

I'm afraid there are some regulations you have to follow, https://www.mass.gov/service-details/wild-turkey-hunting-regulations

I know.. but its nearly fall so pumpkin and turkey are on the mind atm

I notice the turkey hunting is prohibited on Sundays, that must be reserved for eating said turkey.

Living in Pittsfield MA not far from a hunting area, she saw a turkey drop out of the sky at the top of her property. It was hit with buckshot and made it at least a mile before its demise. Mom climbed up the hill and dragged the dead bird into the garage.

Several hours later the younger brother comes home, unaware of what mom did, sees the bird dead in the garage and believes that someone left him a warning message. He was a gambler and likely had enemies. Good times.

Cleaned and feathered, don't ask me how, I got to try some. It wasn't very good. Tough and stringy.


Do they make their own whiskey, too?


In northern Maine people often have large freezers for freshly killed meat from deer, even moose.Deer, moose roadkill are often given to homeless shelters.

Your 'civilized' lifestyle is dependent on others doing much of the dirty work you find appalling.


Hard cider, we have crab apples. What's unusual?

Lots of people in Western MA hunt. Some even do it out of their own back yard. MA doesn't end at 495 much as most of the Boston population might think, and there are quite a few nice places over there.

Nothing unusual about hunting but is it common to have gambling problems in Western Mass to the point of seeing a dead turkey in the trash and think someone is sending you a message?


My line between city and country has always been 128.

Charles River to Norumbega to the North.
Neponset River to Mattapan Square to the South.
To the West the line is more fluid, roughly Cummins Highway to Roslindale, parts of Brookline with Green Line service, Alumni Stadium, Comm Ave to Center Street to the Pike, to Norumbega.

Seriously... they're turkeys! They're everywhere in our state. They'll just move on.


they'll move on to the next state. And they can't be stopped. Panic now.


Enjoy and respect nature. They're eating all the wiggly slimy worms and fleas in your overgrown-ass yard!!!


Rejoice. They eat ticks.


I didn't know that turkeys eat ticks! That's great.

Opossums, another animal that people have an unnatural fear of, also eat ticks. Lots and lots of ticks. So we should rejoice for them too!


Guinea fowl love eatin' them ticks, too.
But I bet they are easier prey than the turkeys.

One of God's mistakes. Along with the wildebeast.

Hell, we can't even agree on how to spell it.


You are correct.

And apparently also referred to as a gnu where I believe the g is not silent

...is good gnus.


That is, if a coyote can take down a turkey. Can it?

Turkeys are larger and heavier than roadrunners and I've never seen a coyote succeed with one of those.


There's a reason why we don't have roadrunners for Thanksgiving dinner.

Roadrunners are the state song bird.


A surprise attack might allow a coyote to get a turkey, but they are as wily, plus if alerted in time they will fly to a roost and just wait out that coywolf or coyote.

A poult tree?
Nah, the kids don't fly so good.

I suspect the coyote would "win", but that it would be a Pyrrhic victory. Not worth the effort.

the K Street coyote or G Street fox will be visiting shortly.

Just leave a couple cans of cranberry sauce in the yard. Even if the turkeys are illiterate (likely) they'll still recognize the picture on the cans, and if they have a lick of sense they'll skedaddle.

Let us know how that works out.

Nice to see everyone likes to make jokes and I’ll agree they’re a sight to see.. however, I live on Fort Hill and over the past three + years the influx of wild turkeys has really become insane, to the point where I’m seeing them more often than not. I have a close friend that lives in Brookline off route 9 where I’d see them years prior so I figure they’ve probably slowly migrated this way. Just kind of wondering at what point do they become over populated and with all the building going on, we are surely displacing them? Is anyone from the city keeping tabs on them?

Of course they're migrating from Brookline. Nobody can afford the rents over there.

the appropriate Homeland Security branches have task forces monitoring them.

one of two things will happen, if I remember my high school biology correctly:
- Malthusian crash. After they eat up all the ... whatever turkeys eat.
- Predators move in. Okay, full grown turkeys are likely too much effort for coyotes. Time for the wolves?

Why does the city need to keep tabs on them?