a new pest

B Spencer bea.spencer@sympatico.ca
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 06:33:53 PDT
Wild turkeys were reintroduced to Ontario several years ago and  the program 
has been tremendously successful. I have now resident turkeys on my five 
rural acres property north of Toronto. Apart from taking every last of my 
grapes last year in my veggie garden protected by an electric horse fence, 
(the darn things can fly. It is actually quite amusing watching them, like 
watching a B 52 taking of), they are not a big nuisance and have not come as 
close as my back porch. Coyotes and raccoons are a much bigger problem. 
There have been sightings of bears not far from here and there is persistent 
rumor of cougar sightings in Southern Ontario although the Ministry takes it 
with a grain of salt.
Yes, the turkeys are protected here, sort of, and you have to have a permit 
to take ONE tom during the  short spring hunting season. Do not know if 
there is a fall one too. Now, wild boars are tremendously destructive, but 
they are not here yet although my hunters would love an opportunity to hunt 
When you live in the country you cannot complain that you live next to your 
neighbour's manure pile so the wild life comes with the territory, although 
some people  do want to sanitize everything.
For you city folks. Yes,  nature is tremendously unforgiving. You only have 
to see the dead deer that starved in winter in the woods up north because 
they could not  get to the food, but a responsible hunter does not shoot 
animals out of the hunting season which is designed so that "the babies  do 
not starve slowly somewhere". On the other hand when coyotes are killing 
your sheep, are you going to just watch it, because they may have pups? A 
tough  call!
-----Original Message----- 
From: James Frelichowski
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:49 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] a new pest

I hear you.  Chipmunk, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits dig up or eat most of 
what my mom tries to plant (Chicagoland) ranging from Petunias to Chestnut 
As for the Turkeys, hey give the family a 'free range' bird for 
Thanksgiving, lol (but i imagine they are protected species?).

James Frelichowski

Bryan, Texas, if it can grow here, it can grow just about anywhere, lol.

From: Kelly Irvin <kellso@irvincentral.com>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 7:10 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] a new pest

Would make even a PETA member want to become a hunter! Aaargh!! Until
I got a crossbow, the deer were ruining me. No, I'm not a member of
PETA, and I was already a closet hunter.

Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736
USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b

On 10/30/13 4:06 PM, Dennis Kramb wrote:
> I came home from work yesterday to discover the flower pots on my back
> porch were all knocked down, smashed, with plants uprooted, and
> disheveled.  The culprit?  A wild turkey.  :-)

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