Vehicles go off-road to run over turkeys in Raymond, Kingston
"Unfortunately, it's more common than we'd like to see," Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris McKee said.
Two people were recently charged in connection with allegedly mowing down three wild turkeys with a vehicle on Hunt Road in Kingston. McKee said the vehicle was driven off the road to strike the turkeys.
"He tried to chase it down, but was unable to catch up to it," McKee said.
"It's very frustrating. I love the turkeys. They're like pets to me," Sally Richard said of the flock of nearly 50 turkeys that often hangs out around their property.
"Apparently they're just getting their kicks out there," he said.
Harry Richard doesn't think it's funny. He said the tire marks from the turkey chase are still visible in his field.
According to Fish and Game Department statistics, there are 40,000 wild turkeys in the state.
From 1854 to 1975, wild turkeys were extinct, but a flock of 25 turkeys released in 1975 restored the population. In 2012, hunters took 3,873 wild turkeys.
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