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Why did the turkeys cross the busy road?

By dcuff
Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 5:36 pm in Uncategorized.


“We may not know why two wild turkeys crossed Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek this afternoon but they managed to traverse the busy thoroughfare thanks to alert drivers.”  Read on to finish this item provided by Elisabeth Nardi, our Walnut Creek reporter at the Contra Costa Times.

Around 3:50 p.m. Thursday two turkeys crossed the eight lanes of traffic in front of John Muir Medical Center on Ygnacio Valley Road. All drivers in all lanes stopped so the urban wildlife could get safely to the other side of the road, according to Mark Brown, resident and board member of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
“The people of Walnut Creek are incredibly sensitive to animals,” Brown said.
This is Denis Cuff thanking Elisabeth for that contribution about our co-existing with wildlife. I can’t help but wonder if the growing population of  wild turkeys in the East Bay is becoming a traffic danger.  On Sunday morning, a motorcyclist traveling on Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek collided with a wild turkey. Ouch.  The CHP reported that an ambulance was called to the scene, but officers didn’t have information about the extent of the motorcyclist’s injuries.
Wild turkeys  – which can weigh up to 24 pounds – were imported from Colorado into California several decades ago, and released into the wild. Their population keeps growing and growing, spilling into more fields, yards, roads and now even freeways.
Do we need a new chapter in driver’s education: How to prevent a collision with a turkey from ruining your day?
What would Gary Bogue think?
 Share you thoughts below.  

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