JEFFERSON, Ore. (AP) — The city of Jefferson has hired a hunter to shoot three male turkeys this week as part of an effort to reduce the population.
Code enforcement officer Gregg Gorthy tells the Albany Democrat-Herald (http://is.gd/hYxUHw ) there are about 60 wild turkeys living within city limits.
He says the birds tend to disperse when older males are removed from the flock. The meat from the dead turkeys will be given to lower-income residents.
The city of 3,000 residents has taken other steps to limit turkeys, including a new law that prohibits people from feeding wildlife within city limits.
While some Jefferson residents say the turkeys are cute, others complain that the birds scratch the paint on vehicles, peck the grit off of roofs and tear up shrubbery.