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Random wild turkey annoying for some, enjoyable for others

A lone turkey passes through a yard in the neighborhood around 18th and Learnard streets Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. The single bird has been spotted by several people in the area.

A lone turkey passes through a yard in the neighborhood around 18th and Learnard streets Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. The single bird has been spotted by several people in the area.

February 24, 2010

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Turkey draws mixed reactions

A wild turkey is trotting through town, a beloved sight to some and an annoyance to others. Enlarge video

On the street

Should the wild turkey near Burroughs Creek be captured or left alone?

It should left alone as long as it is not doing any harm to anyone else.

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A wild turkey is trotting through town, a beloved sight to some and an annoyance to others.

The bird was spotted Wednesday in the 1800 block of Learnard Avenue, just three blocks east of Massachusetts Street, where neighbors said the creature was becoming bolder by the day. Andrea Williams, who lives in the area, said the bird has been around since September.

“She kind of tried to get into the back of my house. We’ve all just been feeding her. She comes around every day,” Williams said.

Williams said she and others have been putting out birdseed for the neighborhood “pet,” which leaves large footprints in the snow.

Others in the neighborhood aren’t as amused and have called Animal Control multiple times about a similar bird in the area, according to Douglas County dispatchers, including one caller who identified it as a peacock a few weeks ago. Animal Control workers have had no luck catching it.

Brad Rueschhoff, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks district biologist, said he hadn’t heard about this particular turkey sighting, but said it wouldn’t be unusual if the environment were right.

He said the birds typically travel in groups during the winter, not alone like the neighborhood’s mystery bird.

Comments

WildTurkeyNearBurroughsCreek 4 years, 1 month ago

Okay, let me explain a couple of things: I am a pacifist. I enjoy eating seeds and occasionally gobbling. Allison has been a sweetheart to me, and she has told me she is not going to eat me. As for all those haters who want to talk about Thanksgiving, or mistake me for a peacock, you can talk to the plumage because the snood ain't listening! Animal Control is trying to lock me up, but I'm a crafty bird. I'm going to stay free like the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, so you better get used to seeing me strut.

Oh, and I just joined Facebook by my agent's advice: Wildturkey Near Burroughs Creek. Add me if you love your ornithological comrades.

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paulette2 4 years, 1 month ago

DAIQUIRI mix with Wild Turkey!

zoom zoom zoom

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hitme 4 years, 1 month ago

bigdave,

The best thing Hunter S. Thompson ever wrote was his suicide note

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bad_dog 4 years, 1 month ago

If he just had a laptop computer he could go to turk-e-harmony.com

He wouldn't have to be a loner any more.

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leapinlemur 4 years, 1 month ago

"I knew someone once that started feeding turkeys in their back yard and they ended up tearing up their garden and yard and crapped all over the place." (bd)

I've found a few piles in my driveway and on my front walkway -- before I saw the actual turkey I thought they belonged to a small dog or a large cat in the neighborhood and the placement almost seemed to suggest the involvement of human pranksters.

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HumusFan 4 years, 1 month ago

Looks like another "slow" news day in Lawrence, Kansas.

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bd 4 years, 1 month ago

I knew someone once that started feeding turkeys in their back yard and they ended up tearing up their garden and yard and crapped all over the place.

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hipper_than_hip 4 years, 1 month ago

East Lawrence must be slippin', as I can't believe someone hasn't sniped it yet. Damn yuppies.

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Joe Hyde 4 years, 1 month ago

Always good to see wild critters inside the city limits. A hen turkey, that's pretty cool. Now if a tom will just answer her calls in a few weeks that neighborhood can get down to business.

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kugrad 4 years, 1 month ago

If anyone wants to bring me a random shot of Wild Turkey, I'd sure appreciate it!

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hipper_than_hip 4 years, 1 month ago

You should try a Squirt n Turkey; it's JUST what the doctor ordered!

Makers Mark and Buffalo Trace are both excellent as well.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 4 years, 1 month ago

"Animal Control workers have had no luck catching it."

Turkeys are very dumb, but have no problem knowning the difference between friend and foe. It's uncanny.

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leapinlemur 4 years, 1 month ago

Yep, that's my neighborhood turkey and it's huge. I've seen him twice in broad daylight near my home at 23rd and Rhode Island but have seen no evidence of turkey accomplices (in the feather or via tracks in my snow). He always seems to come from the north through my neighbor's cluttered yard and I'm starting to suspect he may live there (along with probably a few yet-undiscovered surviving dinosaurs).

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gr 4 years, 1 month ago

"Wild Turkey DO NOT hurt the Quail population like the "rumors" say."

What do you suppose a turkey would do if it should come across a quail's nest or a bunch of baby quail? Now, what do you suppose a whole flock of turkeys would do as they methodically scratch every square inch of the ground and come across a quail family?

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trinity 4 years, 1 month ago

if any of ya's have not tried wild turkey honey-you simply must. mmmmmMMMMMMM. here it is not even 8 o'clock and i'm hankerin' for a sip! smooooooooth.

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yankeevet 4 years, 1 month ago

I drank some turkey once;............wild turkey it was..........

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Liberty275 4 years, 1 month ago

The turkey would last about 10 seconds in our backyard before our dogs had a thanksgiving feast in February. The same goes for rabbits, coons, possums and cats.

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whiteknight00 4 years, 1 month ago

GearHead- Wild Turkey DO NOT hurt the Quail population like the "rumors" say. The reason the quail is gone is because the quail habitat isn't what it use to be. Check out the KDWP website, there was an article about it last year.

And no it isn't against the law to feed that hen. What do you think planting food plots is doing to wildlife??

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bigdave 4 years, 1 month ago

paulette2 (anonymous) says... it's the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson visiting Burroughs Creek!


Hunter would never visit a scum bag like Burroughs!!!!!

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paulette2 4 years, 1 month ago

it's the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson visiting Burroughs Creek!

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paulette2 4 years, 1 month ago

it's the ghost of Hunter S. Thompson visiting Burroughs Creek!

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Jeff Goodrick 4 years, 1 month ago

It's the wild Turkeys why we don't have Quail in Douglas Co. any more. I walk through my CRP and used to have Quail and now the Turkeys have taken over.

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Bob Kraxner 4 years, 1 month ago

The wild turkey is a very smart animal, and was originally selected as the symbol of the United States, before the bald eagle.

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riverdrifter 4 years, 1 month ago

"Wild Turkey has a 101 edition." Yowsa! There's no other, if you can afford it. Anyway, my country cuzzins started feedin them terkeys. One or two soon went to a dozen or more. Pretty soon they had a yard full of turkey cigarillos, a dug up & scattered compost pile & so on. Best is to just say hell-o & send them on their way back across 23rd st to the country.

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viagra_sailor 4 years, 1 month ago

"Random wild turkey".... what factor would have made this turkey normal?

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 1 month ago

"He has been transmorgified into a goose!" Irish

Big points for your humor. The Grey Goose will be sending you a lawsuit in no time.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 1 month ago

Who the hell has a tamed turkey? "I'm walking my Thanksgiving dinnner around on a leash in July. Wild Turkey."

Oh.

Maker's is better to me than Wild Turkey. But, big assss But, Wild Turkey has a 101 edition. Triple digits on proof? Hat tip, Dear brown liquor. Wild Turkey is great. I bet Spacehog is the official mascot.

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a_flock_of_jayhawks 4 years, 1 month ago

I kept some wild turkey in grampa's freezer one time and he asked me why I "drank that rotgut crap." And the man liked him some whiskey, now.

Seriously, wild turkey are some awesome birds. I saw some a couple years back at Clinton Lake and see them every now and then along the highway.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 1 month ago

Canadian goose, wild goose chase, Grey Goose, hey we have found out what happened to he who must not be named. He has been transmorgified into a goose! Wow! He'd better watch out or some frat boy will take him back to the house for a party.

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lllwll 4 years, 1 month ago

I thought that there was a law about feeding wild game. You feed it; It will stay. Arrest fannylou for breaking the law.

This is the same problem that this city has with the homeless.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 1 month ago

I have it on good authority that gargoyles drink Buffalo Trace. They lift it from passing trucks. Being as those of Celtic descent have a special rapport with the winged ones I get mine free. No need to worry about the turkey, she's, um, happy.

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ResQd 4 years, 1 month ago

There are quite a few wild turkeys out at Clinton Lake. I hope he/she does not get killed by a passing car or animal. I'm surprised the Lawrence Humane Society cannot set some traps up to catch it.

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shepdog 4 years, 1 month ago

I saw her a couple of weeks ago next to a fence at 23rd & R.I.. Thought it was strange. Aren't they like deer? When you see one you'll see another. I was just hoping it wouldn't get spooked and fly in front of me. Had that happen out in the country and it's not fun!!!

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homechanger 4 years, 1 month ago

I love wild turkey but buffalo trace is much better .

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ivalueamerica 4 years, 1 month ago

it must be a Wild "Hussein" Turkey, part of the conspirocy of Turkeys.

It should be a top priority for the Department of Homeland Security...can we even be sure it is American....build a fence.

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pace 4 years, 1 month ago

I am appalled that we seem to have spent resources responding to a kook calling in a sighting of a wild turkey. Why in the world would they spend time trying to catching it? While a turkey once pecked my brother in the hand, that was 60 years ago and that dangerous turkey is dead by now. What next, will the same nut call in when the Canadian Geese fly by the house. Will we at last have a documented need for a swat team and buy a helicopter. At least the headline will read more traditional "Wild Goose Chase" funded by .

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Bob Kraxner 4 years, 1 month ago

Crown Royal is the only way to drink whiskey... as far as the wild turkey goes, well I've got a bow and I'll be glad to kill it for those who find it annoying!

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Centurion 4 years, 1 month ago

Whew...... Wild Turkey tracks. All this time I was a thinking they were Gargoyle tracks. So is it safe to go outside then?

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LogicMan 4 years, 1 month ago

"likes the corn I put out"

Good! Fatten it up this summer, then send the bird my way about mid-November. Problem solved, deliciously.

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MeAndFannieLou 4 years, 1 month ago

I live in this neighborhood and I've seen her around. She likes the corn I put out for the squirrels.

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 1 month ago

the poor guy probably just got separated from his rafter. Why in the world would someone call animal control on a bird? enjoy the fact that nature is still plentiful enough to be found in the city limits.

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jehovah_bob 4 years, 1 month ago

I'm more of a Maker's fan myself, but if it's randomly free then I'll take a shot.

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riverdrifter 4 years, 1 month ago

A little Wild Turkey is always good -random or otherwise. Just sayin'.

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