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Town overrun by turkeys ponders a solution
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 15, 2017 12:01AM

The Oregon town of Pilot Rock has a problem: It’s being overrun by wild turkeys, the East Oregonian reports ( The birds stroll into town in a flock of about 50 to 70, then split up to divide and conquer with turkey poop, snacking their way through local gardens. Some of the fowl trespassers are pictured, in a photo by E.J. Harris.

“Nothing is left,” resident Mary Ann Low complained. “They dust bathe in the soil. They eat whatever is there.”

The Pilot Rock City Council — after discussing and discarding starting a spay and neuter program or just plain grabbing shotguns — has called in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to tackle the turkey issue.

“No matter what we do, we’re never going to get rid of all of them,” ODFW wildlife biologist Greg Rimbach observed. “We’ll always have a few turkeys.”


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