PHILOMATH, Ore. – A half dozen wild turkeys that had been making pests of themselves were killed by a sharp-shooting police officer armed with a silenced .22-caliber rifle.
The city of Philomath has a permit from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to kill as many as 10 of the troublesome turkeys, and will continue its effort to shoot four more before January.
Turkey season is under way, and a hunter with tags could have taken the birds.
About 20 wild turkeys have been hanging around the west end of town because they were fed by some residents.
But others complained that the birds scratched or tore up landscaping and roofs, awakened residents with noises early in the morning and defecated on lawns and decks.