Wild Turkeys "Terrify" NJ Neighbors
Morton said she even witnessed a wild turkey attacking a jogger one day. "It was terrifying," Morton said. Morton decided to investigate a little more; find out why the wild turkeys were hanging around her neighborhood. She claims a neighbor has been feeding them. So now the town is considering an ordinance to ban folks from feeding the birds. Violators would faces fines up to $2,000.
From the mid-19th century on, New Jersey had no wild turkeys, which had been eliminated by hunting and habitat reduction. Then, in 1977, the state began reintroducing wild turkeys, in what would become another success story in re-establishing a species previously eliminated by human action. One of the places the state released birds, Mitchell said, was on the property around Millville's Union Lake.
"The state bought that some years ago, as a preserve," he said. "It has a nice woods, full of oaks, and the turkeys like the acorns." They liked the food and ambiance so much that they thrived and began enjoying Mitchell' 20 acres across the street as well….
Limited turkey hunting is allowed, by permits handed out through lotteries for short seasons in the spring and fall. But that hasn't slowed the turkeys...
The State of New Jersey created the wild turkey problem. New Jersey used tax dollars to buy land and introduce the wild turkey as a protected species. Now that the wild turkeys are running wild and becoming an annoying problem, some towns are considering fining folk for feeding them. Folks can’t kill them because they are a protected species.
The real turkeys are government and its goon bureaucrats that dream up hair brained schemes to torture folks at taxpayer expense while making their lives miserable and even threatening to imprison them if they kill a protected nuisance critter.