Snapshot: Turkey Trot in Woodbury

Have you spotted any wild turkeys around town?

At least three wild turkeys were pecking around and making some noise along Hudson Road near Woodbury Lakes around noon on Friday.

Thanks to restoration efforts over the past 25 years, wild turkeys have made a comeback in Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Their area spans the southern half of the state, and the birds can weigh up to 25 pounds and have wingspans of about four feet. Wild turkeys prefer open wooded areas, brushy grasslands, and river bottoms, according to a DNR webpage.

There are more than 70,000 wild turkeys in the state, and the DNR has a list of tips on dealing with them.

Have you seen any wild turkeys in Woodbury? Tell us about your experience in the comments section. If you have cool wildlife photos from Woodbury, add them to our Pics & Clips gallery.


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Simon D October 20, 2012 at 01:05 PM
You had to know there'd be a comment like that, surprised I had to step up and make it the morning after the article published.
Kris Janisch October 20, 2012 at 01:29 PM
They must be watching the geese for tips Laura. Yeah, Simon, when I tweeted this post I didn't want people do be confused about which #wildturkey we were talking about.
Ilene Atarian October 20, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Thursday morning I had five in my backyard and one was busy looking in my patio door. I'm about 2 blocks off of Upper Afton to the West from Jordan's Ranch.
Kris Janisch October 20, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Where I spotted them it isn't too wooded. I was kind of surprised by them as they came out of that tall grass.
Joan Newmark October 20, 2012 at 08:31 PM
We face the ponding area between Evergreen East and Evergreen West parks. This spring the male turkeys were strutting around with a harem of females. In the summer, we saw females with chicks. Recently, the females were back. But more impressive were the three fat sharp-tailed grouse that were foraging on our back lawn just a few days ago.


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