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All by himself on a Pleasanton street, this turkey is one of many that are back, leaving their "calling cards" as they jump on parked cars and outdoor furniture all over town. Thousands of wild turkeys seem to find the city a welcoming place to roost with even one Happy Valley resident asking for signs along some streets to alert motorists to "Turkey Crossing." Photo courtesy Mehtap Keskin.

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Posted by Jose
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Mar 3, 2010 at 7:52 am

Yeah, this would be cute, except the turkeys are out of control. There is nothing to control the population, and every year there are more and more. They attack my yard constantly in groups (flocks?) of 20-30. They do more damage than the deer. We need more mountain lions around here.


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2010 at 8:24 am

Just wait -- When the wild pigs arrive from the Livermore hills and start raising their multiple-litters per year you'll stop worrying about the Turkey. Your yard will look like it was hit by an out-of-control rototiller after they get through with it.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm

If Cholo steps outside his cardboard box and can run fast enough, he will have some new dinner options.


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Posted by Jose
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Mar 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Unfortunately, the city (in its infinite wisdom) does not allow you to harm wildlife - including non-native specifies like these damn birds. If you can prove that they're causing property damage, you can hire someone to trap them - not kill them, just trap them. Insane.


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Posted by LOCAL
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Mar 4, 2010 at 7:21 am

GET A BOW AND ARROW (ITS LEGAL) HAVE SOME TURKEY DINNER. THE BIRDS AROUND HERE ARE VERY TASTY. I KNOW I HAVE TAKEN A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM, I THINK THERES ONE IN MY FREEZER, TONIGHT WILL BE TURKEY AND STUFFING.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 4, 2010 at 7:59 am

Stacey is a registered user.

But you still need a hunting permit.


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Posted by enough turkeys
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2010 at 7:37 pm

The Happy Valley Resident, who does not live in Pleasanton, should go to the county to get the turkey crossing signs. That sounds like a much better thing to spend money on than helping the poor. NOT.

What is the purpose of a turkey crossing sign? If you have ever seen one in the road, no matter how hard you try, you cannot run them over. They can fly; although for not too far. The turkeys are pests just like raccoons, sewer rats, and ground squirrels. They are not native to the area but were imported and now they are messing up the environment. They should be controlled, not protected by a sign.

For those who like the turkeys, keep helping them as this give more food for the mountain lions. But don't complain when you see more mountain lions around town as it is your fault for increasing their food supply which leads to a higher propagation of the mountain lions.


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Posted by Hybrid Owner
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 9, 2010 at 8:08 am

Turkey crossing signs? I think not. Turkeys do not know how to cross the road or get out of the way of cars. I live in one of the neighborhoods that is lucky enought to have a resident turkey family. We are constantly having to play chicken with these turkeys. When we back out of our driveway, they run up to and stand in front of our car & 'gobble'. They DO NOT MOVE. We accelerate slowly and try to maneuver around them but they just run back and forth in front of the car, pecking at the grill and tires. When guests come to visit, I have to shoo the turkeys away by chasing them into the park so the visitor can drive away safely.


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