Fargo approves limited bow hunting of wild turkeysFARGO, N.D. (AP) — Leaders in North Dakota's largest city have approved a limited wild turkey bow-hunting season this fall to reduce the population of the troublesome birds.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Leaders in North Dakota's largest city have approved a limited wild turkey bow-hunting season this fall to reduce the population of the troublesome birds.
Fargo's wildlife management program has allowed limited bow hunting of deer within city limits along the Red River the past several years. The City Commission on Monday approved adding wild turkeys, which have been a problem in residential neighborhoods in the northern part of the city, pestering residents and leaving behind droppings that foul the area, The Forum newspaper reported.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department trapped 125 of the birds in Fargo last winter. An annual bow hunting season eventually will reduce the breeding population, according to biologist Doug Leier.
"Our goal is try to manage the wildlife, not to try to eradicate it," said police Lt. Gene Anderson, who oversees the wildlife management program. "So we're not trying to get rid of all these animals, just try to manage them in a number that can exist in this area without being problematic."
Participants in the city's wildlife management program must pass an archery safety course, obtain a permit from the city and obtain a special archery license and tag from Game and Fish. They also must follow certain rules, such as shooting from a stand at least 10 feet high so that wayward arrows go into the ground.