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South Hill turkey home-defense system fails

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

The offending turkeys camped on Maria Hartshorne yard. (Maria Hartshorne / Courtesy)
The offending turkeys camped on Maria Hartshorne yard. (Maria Hartshorne / Courtesy)

It’s a question that’s plagued Spokane homeowners for years.

How do you keep the turkeys out?

Maria Hartshorne thought she might have the answer. And in August, when a flock of turkeys descended on her South Hill home she had the chance to test it out.

She released the … cat.

Ike the cat investigates. (Maria Hartshorne / Courtesy)
Ike the cat investigates. (Maria Hartshorne / Courtesy)

“When a small flock of … avians settled in my front garden on Wednesday, I dispatched what I thought would be a sure deterrent; Iker, the fearless turkey-hunter,” she wrote in an email.

Ike isn’t so sure about this ... (Maria Hartshorne / Courtesy)
Ike isn’t so sure about this … (Maria Hartshorne / Courtesy)

But Iker quickly realized this wasn’t his fight…

Ahh, they aren’t that bad. (Maria Hartshorne / Courtesy)
Ahh, they aren’t that bad. (Maria Hartshorne / Courtesy)

“Alas, being a sensible fellow, he assessed his foe and beat a hasty retreat,” Hartshorne said.

I’m not sure I’d call that relaxed pose a retreat … but clearly Iker is not going to solve Spokane’s turkey problem.

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