Foul-tempered turkey not meant for Thanksgiving feast

Posted: Sunday, December 01, 2002

OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) -- This is one tough turkey.

A 15-pound wild turkey has been pestering residents of this northeast Ohio community and eluding trappers who want to capture it.

The bird has chased after children and pets, trapped people in cars and left its droppings on porches.

''Most people think it's a poor, cute little wild turkey,'' animal trapper Dave Thorn said. ''People begin feeding the wild animals, which is the wrong thing to do because, basically, this turkey has taken over this territory.''

Thorn said the bird may be roosting in the chimney of Prospect Elementary School, where it has been swooping on the playground. Principal Linda Dawson said the turkey has gotten bolder with children, raising fears about attacks.

Lorain County wildlife officer Dave Shinko said he has gotten 20 complaints about the bird. He said it will be killed once it is caught and could be donated to a food bank.

''But who knows if it's even any good,'' Shinko said. ''I mean, we're not talking Butterball here.''

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