Island officials issue public appeal to save, relocate wild turkeys
By Dean Balsamini | [email protected] on April 11, 2014 at 12:50
. Four borough officials are issuing a public appeal for help in relocating the gobblers, many who face removal and certain slaughter by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, State Senator Andrew Lanza, Borough President James Oddo, and Councilman Steven Matteo are looking for suitable new homes for the population of wild turkeys now inhabiting Ocean Breeze and its adjacent neighborhoods. It is suspected that years of hand-feeding have diminished the turkeys' innate fear of humans, and increased their boldness in entering residential areas.
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