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Turkeys Thriving In San Francisco Bay Area Suburbs

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) – Turkeys are traditional for Thanksgiving but some folks in the San Francisco Bay Area are praying they’ll disappear. The San Francisco Chronicle says wild turkeys – first introduced into the state for hunting decades ago – are thriving in local suburbs. And while some residents embrace them, others say they’re a pest. A dozen or more wild turkeys are often seen strutting around the town of Martinez. The birds tear up landscaping, rip screen doors and poop everywhere. Sometimes, a 20-pound male will scratch up a car trying to fight its own reflection. Preservationists also worry that the turkey explosion will decimate native habitat. Experts say landowners can try to dissuade the birds with loud noises and stop-motion sprinklers. If that fails, they can seek permission to kill nuisance birds.