Residents Surveyed on Turkey Nuisance in Staten Island, NY

--Chad Love

You may recall our blog post from Nov. 12 in which we chronicled the terrifying turkeys of Staten Island, New York. If not, well, that's what the link's for, so go read it. Now it seems the state of New York is getting serious about stopping the reign of terror. Have they called in sharpshooters? No. Local chapter of the NWTF? Uh, no. But they have...sent out a survey.

From this story on the local CBS affiliate website:
The Department of Environmental Conservation wants to gobble up all the information it can from Staten Island residents about wild turkeys. According to the Staten Island Advance, 700 residents are being surveyed about the birds, which have been known to roam parts of the island. The DEC wants to know what locals think about their neighbors: are they giving thanks for them, or are they are fowl problem? The turkeys can make a lot of noise, and leave behind droppings.
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_If the birds are deemed a nuisance, officials are weighing options. They're reportedly having trouble finding places that will take the birds in. The birds aren't quite wild, nor are they quite domesticated, making keeping them in a sanctuary problematic. That means they may get harvested - and cooked up - by local food banks. Cooking them may pose health risks, since the birds feed on everything from fertilizer to insecticide to motor oil, the Staten Island Advance reports.

What do you think should happen to the birds? Sound off in the comments section.

Now I'm not suggesting anyone actually go to the comments section and put in a plug for a spring hunt. I'm just sayin', there's a comments section...