Complaints pour in like gravy as turkeys gobble around Shorewood

CREATED May 15, 2014

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SHOREWOOD -- The weather may feel like Thanksgiving, but these seasonal guests are a little out of place.

Turkeys are gobbling their way around Shorewood; people have spotted them on the street, in the yard, and pretty much everywhere else except the oven.
 
"I've seen six turkeys at one time and one another time," William Quandt, who works in Shorewood, tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "Just walking down Downer Ave. I don't where they're going or where they came from."
 
Quadnt finds the turkeys more as a nice surprise from nature and not as a nuisance. 
 
Others, however, think of the turkeys as a pain in the neck: Shorewood Police report an average of 3-4 calls a day about the turkeys.
 
Officers, though, are telling residents they will not interfere with the turkeys. So far, none of them have been hit by an car or killed.
 
"This really is a non-issue," Sgt. Charles Vander Schaaf tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "We tried to catch them in cages, but they're quick. So we'll just let them go."
 
Vander Schaaf also says police will not shoot the turkeys, even though officers did acquire permission from the Department of Natural Resources to do so.