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String of wild turkey sightings puzzles St. John’s residents, officials

Officials remain baffled by the sudden appearance of a species that is not native to the province.


October 25, 2018
By The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Wild turkeys are strutting the streets of St. John’s, N.L., where officials remain baffled by the sudden appearance of a species that is not native to the province.

The province’s Fisheries and Land Resources Department has received six reports of turkeys roaming the city, saying these sighting are a first for the department.

The province does not have a documented wild turkey population, and government officials suspect the birds are likely domestic animals that have escaped or were released.

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Marc Altese, general manager of Clovelly Golf Club, says people started spotting turkeys on the premises in early October.

Since then, approximately five birds have been seen wandering the grounds – including one confident specimen that was strutting outside his window earlier today.