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Howard Peterson said he saw no turkeys when he moved to the Villas in 2003. “Yesterday, I saw 15 [turkey] hens walking down the middle of the street like they own it. That means a lot of chicks.”
The Villas, with 56 homes, would like a turkey hunt, but Swenson said the city’s draft wildlife plan is moving in the right direction.
The Hollmanns have been hardest-hit by the foul birds whose roosting trees are partly above their townhouse. Steve Hollman, 64, said he has had to clean droppings off some windows and use a hose in the spring to wash excrement off the bike path by his house that connects to the wooded North Hennepin Regional Trail corridor.
Until turkey hunts start, Hollmann said he has discovered a handy harassment tool that has reduced his roost numbers from 40 to about 10.
“This winter when I see them in the trees I get the paintball gun out,” he said with a smile. “I go after them and they fly away.”
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