Wikipedia reports that the Meleagris Gallopavo (aka "Wild Turkey") species is "native to the forests of North America."
Although often called a universe unto itself, New York City is actually located in North America. It was once heavily forested, as
any modern-day visitor to Central Park might surmise. Therefore, it's a pretty safe bet that wild turkeys were there long before the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge enabled humans to heavily populate
Staten Island (one of NYC's five boroughs).
Nevertheless, Staten Island's present-day human inhabitants are not wild about sharing their yards, gardens and roadways with these native birds. Jennifer Peltz of The Associated Press interviewed some neighborhood folks. Here's what they said about the matter:
We don't want to kill them. [Then what's that in the oven?] We just want them to leave us alone. [Bet they feel the same way…]
They really are a beautiful bird… But they ruined our property. [And we their forests…]
They're not made for a city. [Is any species really?]
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