Oberlin
Wild Turkey Causes Problems
November 9, 2002

A wild turkey that has been a nuisance to the citizens of Oberlin is eluding a trapper and a wildlife officer that want to capture it.

The 15-pound bird has flown after schoolchildren, trapped people in cars, left its droppings on porches and chased pets.

Animal trapper Dave Thorn and Lorain County wildlife officer Dave Shinko spent Friday trotting after the turkey.

Thorn says the bird may be roosting in the chimney of Prospect Elementary School, where it has been swooping onto the playground.

Shinko says that once the bird is caught, it will be "humanely disposed of.

He mentioned donating the bird to a food bank, though he joked that it's no "Butterball."

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