Staten Island’s Flock of Feral Turkeys Retire Upstate

Via Andrew Amelinckx

Via Andrew Amelinckx

Gobble gobble.

Exactly how several hundred wild turkeys ended up living on Staten Island has become something of an urban legend. The story goes that a man had a few birds as pets between 10 and 15 years ago, then released them when he got tired of caring for them. Over the years, the turkeys continued to breed and their numbers steadily increased until they could be found roaming the beaches at the south end of the island, in the Dongan Hills and Ocean Breeze neighborhoods, and on the grounds of Staten Island University Hospital.

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