Davis turkeys must go

By From page A6 | November 06, 2012

OK, folks, let’s get serious. A “flock” of two to four turkeys is cute; however, the current “flock” of 40 to 50 of these feathered creatures roaming our neighborhood is ridiculous. I have spoken with John McNerney, the city’s wildlife specialist, twice in the past two years and have gotten the same “company line” as was recently printed in The Enterprise article (Oct. 28). Namely, that the city cannot trap “wild” turkeys unless they are aggressive and pose a threat to people or they pose a health risk.

So my first question is, has the city taken poop samples for analysis to ensure that they don’t contain potentially pathogenic organisms? The scat problem has grown exponentially in the past three years, and the Covell Park residents can attest to how much fun it is to negotiate these “land mines” in their driveways and lawns, as well as on the public sidewalks, streets and the greenbelt.

Dogs seem to really love munching on these fecal tidbits, and their owners have expressed concerns about potential adverse health effects.

My second question is, is the damage that these big gobblers inflict to residential property acceptable to our elected officials? In the Oct. 28 Enterprise article, Roy Engoron spoke about damage to his roof. I have friends who live directly across the greenbelt from Engoron, and they have been dealing with the damage to their roof while these over-grown chickens try to launch themselves up into the pine trees for their nightly shuteye. There is also the potential for these birds to really cause damage to solar panels.

So my final question is, are our city officials going to do something about this growing avian problem or eventually find out that the city just might be financially responsible for the property damage that likely will increase when the current flock expands after the upcoming reproductive season.

Oh, a special note to the concerned turkey lovers who keep feeding our feathered nuisances. Why don’t you get a job at Branigan’s as part of your Meleagris gallopavo “therapy”?

Keith Pfeifer

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