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Spokane wild turkeys pose challenge to being neighborly

Wild turkeys feed on grain spread in the driveway of a Spokane Valley home.
Wild turkeys feed on grain spread in the driveway of a Spokane Valley home.

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- People seem to love the wild turkeys that are multiplying in some neighborhoods around Spokane, or they hate them.  Often these people of polarized views live on the same block.

My Sunday Outdoors story outlined the challenges, as well as why the trapping attempt shown in the video below netted only 12 turkeys in weeks of effort -- didn't even make a dent in the population of about 250 turkeys on the South Hill.

The difference in attitude depends on whether the turkeys have destroyed a part of your yard or have chosen a towering pine on your property for roosting. Then the idea of letting turkeys roam unmanaged around town suddenly becomes a bunch of crap.

If you're feeding turkeys in your neighborhood, shame on you.  It's not good for the future of the birds and some of your neighbors are paying the consequences for your selfishness.

A public meeting to sign up more volunteers for controlling South Hill wild turkeys has been set by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Moran Prairie Library, 6004 S. Regal St.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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