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Published June 04, 2013, 09:28 PM

Turkeys have been running wild around town, but the city plans to change that

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- If you think you've seen more turkeys running around town this year, it isn't your imagination.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- If you think you've seen more turkeys running around town this year, it isn't your imagination.

There is an abundance of the BIG birds in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and it's gotten so bad, they've decided to include them in this year's urban bow hunt.

This spring, spotting a turkey or two or a lot more has become a daily occurrence in many Fargo-Moorhead neighborhoods, but the City of Fargo has plans to change that.

Elaine Fick says she has had problems with turkeys for years.

Elaine Fick- Fargo Resident: "They come and dig and they make a mess in my gardens."

An aerial survey of the area spotted 75 turkeys.

Last year, the same survey found only 10.

Doug Leier- ND Game & Fish Biologist: "We actually trapped and removed turkeys from the city limits so, there may have been even more turkeys that could have been found."

Doug Leier with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says the long winter and flooding Red River could have played a role.

During winter, turkeys wander into urban areas in search of food, and a flood can push them further from the river and into the city.

Because there are so many turkeys running around within city limits, the City of Fargo is planning to include turkeys in this year's urban bow hunt.

In the meantime, if you don't want them around keep any birdseed or other food off the ground.

Fick has found her own way to defend her flower beds.

Fick: "I just have my pan with my hammer and I make a lot of noise. I do chase them, but if it's a mother turkey they'll turn around and chase you."

During the winter catch and release, 110 turkeys were relocated out of the Fargo-Moorhead area.

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