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Rampaging turkeys netted in Walla Walla

Tuesday, March 15, 2016by  Jon Osterberg

A flock of wild turkeys will bully Walla Walla residents no more.
     State game officials set up an ambush recently near Walla Walla High School that snared 11 hens and one tom under a huge net. Officials trucked the grouchy gobblers deep into the Blue Mountains and released them into the wild.
     This fowl eviction followed a series of clashes in a residential neighborhood where turkeys pecked cars, pooped on lawns, and attacked school children. One wildlife official said the toms are particularly aggressive because it’s currently their breeding season.
     Blue Mountain-area turkeys are typically the planted subspecies Rio Grande, according to the Hunt Washington State website. On average, Rio Grande turkeys weigh 17-21 pounds (toms) and 8-11 pounds (hens). Read the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin article.

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