Wild turkeys becoming a pest, lawmakers say


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah legislators are talking turkey – that is, they’re looking to curb the growing population of wild turkeys.

Officials say Utah has done such a good job reintroducing wild turkeys that they’re showing up around residential areas in large numbers and causing a mess.

The Deseret News reports that legislation introduced by Rep. Ronda Menlove of Garland would open a second hunt every year for the game birds.

Wild turkeys spend summers in the mountains to brood and feed. Winter snow drives them down to into neighborhoods and onto farms.

Rep. Gage Froerer of Huntsville says it was unusual to see wild turkeys in Ogden Valley 10 years ago. Now he says it’s common to see more than 100 of the birds strutting across town.

Farmers say they like turkeys because they eat grasshoppers.

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