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#1 2013-11-22 11:47:50

Andy Roth
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Staten Island is full of turkeys

No Really Wild turkeys have taken over a whole neighborhood. It's like a bad south park episode.

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#2 2013-11-22 14:35:16

CharlieP.
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

About five or six years ago,I saw a turkey in Battery Park. I couldn't believe my eyes.

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#3 2013-11-22 16:14:47

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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Wild turkeys have made a big comeback on the east coast. Just before I moved from LI to AZ. I started to see some not far from where I lived. Nice to have them back.

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#4 2013-11-22 17:28:05

Sal
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

News report said birds found in woman's back yard will be tested for health issues and slaughtered for some out reach facility.

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#5 2013-11-22 18:41:11

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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Some of my friends here in AZ. have hunted wild turkeys in the  mountains surrounding Tucson AZ.
A couple of years ago my friend told me a story of a bow hunt he was on while hunting wild turkey. He had a turkey call he was using and he called in a large bear. It scared the hell out of him as the bear came in on the run thinking he was hunting real turkeys only to find my friend. In Arizona during bow season you are not allowed to carry a firearm if you are bow-hunting any kind of game. My friend yelled at the startled bear and the bear turned and ran. A clean change of under shorts were in order later in the day.

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#6 2013-11-22 21:20:40

Olivia
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

We have loads of wild turkeys here in Ridge. Have to take care driving. They're all over the local roads & they just plunk down in front of the cars with attitude like they're daring you to run them over. They make me laugh & that's a good thing. For the past 2 years, the population has really grown.

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#7 2013-11-23 08:48:46

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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Interesting, used to see a lot out here in central NJ, but lately haven't seen any.

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#8 2013-11-23 14:23:10

Olivia
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Pomonoker--Maybe they decided that they like the pine barrens of eastern LI better than central NJ. Or maybe the NJ hunters are better shots, so the turkeys fled. LOL

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#9 2013-11-23 14:46:37

Sal
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Pomonoker- I live in Central NJ- No. Edison-Loads of Deer.

Unreal how they chewed my Evergreen trees and shrubs.

I had to wrap my shrubs with Chicken wire.

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#10 2013-11-23 15:51:10

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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

I drank some Wild Turkey once, pretty good stuff.

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#11 2013-11-23 16:04:54

ed d
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

The turkeys moved into NYC and one got elected mayor

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#12 2013-11-23 16:24:02

Pomonoker
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Deer galore. I consider them vermin, they eat anything nice I plant. In fact there's eight in my backyard as I write this. But haven't seen a wild turkey in a long time.

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#13 2013-11-23 18:01:04

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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Eastern LI was loaded with deer before I moved. They used to sleep in my shrubs on cold winter nights.

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#14 2013-11-23 19:53:29

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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

A few years ago, I spotted one early one morning in the grounds around the Museum of Natural History.. Didn't realize it was wild.  Was caught a few days later.  Odd!

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#15 2013-11-23 20:31:21

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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Wild turkeys fly into and out of areas and get around fairly well. Unlike domestic birds they are very smart and wary, especially during hunting season.

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#16 2013-11-24 13:23:19

Olivia
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Jimbo--the east end hasn't changed. We're still loaded w/deer. If I get up during the night, there are usually deer families nosing around in our shrubs & flower beds looking for food. I love sitting by my windows & watching them.  The younger ones jump around & play. They almost look like they're dancing. It makes me happy that I live here.
As far as the wild turkeys--There is a show I saw on PBS that is being repeated in NY on channel 13 on Wed.  nite. "My Life as a Turkey". This man is a wildlife author for a National Geographic type magazine & he was accepted into a herd or family or whatever of wild turkeys & lived w/them for a while & raised their young. This was filmed & I found it surprisingly fascinating. They're a surprising & intelligent bunch of birds.

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#17 2013-11-25 10:42:23

CharlieP.
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

I live in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mts.in S.C. The coyotes are reaking havolk on young deer,rabbits,and turkeys these past five years or so. Most hunters shoot them on sight. Last time I went hunting,I could hear them howling early in the morning,just before dawn. Their population is still growing.

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#18 2013-11-25 12:06:13

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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Charlie, out here in Southern Arizona the coyotes are a plague. They have no natural enemies to speak of. as most of the wolves have been killed off.  The wolf & the coyote are both on the same food chain and a small pack of wolves will kill off a good deal of the local coyotes. The wolf packs are a smaller group and do not do as much damage to the local wildlife population as the coyotes. I have only ran into a couple of wolves in all the years I have lived out here and that was during the deer season. The local ranchers hate the wolves because the will kill their cattle from time to time and they will shoot the wolves on sight.... So there you have it!

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#19 2013-11-25 12:08:13

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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

I found this article about wild turkeys while surfing. I thought it might be of intrest.

   http://news.yahoo.com/wild-turkeys-back-century-severe-decline-145034133.html

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#20 2013-11-27 11:36:20

CharlieP.
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

jimbo,
         Good article,thanks for sharing.

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#21 2013-11-27 17:30:47

Andy Roth
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

How long till they take over manhattan???

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#22 2013-11-27 20:15:02

Sal
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

A different breed of Turkey will take over Manhattan!

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#23 2013-11-27 21:14:57

jimbo
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Very good Sal, but I think they already have.

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#24 2013-11-28 23:10:27

from 28th street
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Re: Staten Island is full of turkeys

Jimbo and Sal,

Not yet but soon!

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