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.
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.
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