In late February, the Jefferson, Oregon, city council passed an ordinance designed in part to prevent wildlife from living inside the city limits and potentially becoming a nuisance.
Local wild turkeys, either ignorant or defiant of the law, moved in anyway.
Between 50 and 60 wild turkeys live within city limits.
City employees are asking the people who are feeding the fowl to stop, and urging residents bothered by the birds to get a permit from the city so they can haze the turkeys in hopes of encouraging them to relocate outside the city limits.
The ordinance gave the city the authority to obtain permits from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to have the birds shot.
The city was preparing to get the permits permits from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to have the birds shot, then resident Lori Hayhurst asked if she and others could trap and move the turkeys to another county. The whole process became too complicated, partly because of game regulations, so the city called a meeting to determine if there were other ways to deal with the turkeys that now are third and fourth generation residents.