Turkeys are the talk of Bay View

BAY VIEW With Thanksgiving approaching, six wild turkeys hanging out in Bay View need to be careful they don't become 12 drum
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

BAY VIEW

With Thanksgiving approaching, six wild turkeys hanging out in Bay View need to be careful they don't become 12 drumsticks.

The turkeys are often spotted in front of the fire station, wandering through yards or down streets.

Selena Frias, 9, was riding her bike with her grandmother in August when she saw the turkeys in the woods.

"I was surprised," she said. "I haven't ever seen a turkey that was walking."

Mary Blatnik, Selena's grandmother, said spotting the turkeys was a first for her, too.

"I was amazed just to see a wild turkey, and so many of them at once was just amazing," Blatnik said. "You see a lot of geese and ducks, but not turkeys. You're lucky to see them."

After catching sight of the turkeys in the woods, Blatnik heard people saying they were roaming around yards as well, but she was skeptical until she saw them for herself.

"I was sitting in my computer room, and I looked out the window and they were in my front yard eating out of my bird feeder," she said.

Bay View Mayor Paul Snyder said he's glad the turkeys settled in Bay View.

"They're fun to watch," Snyder said. "I noticed them when five of them were little babies. They just appeared here, and they travel the whole village."

He said residents have grown accustomed to the turkeys, and the turkeys seem to have gotten used to the village and its 650 residents.

"A lot of people watch and protect them," he said. "They'll go right through a yard with a dog in it. It doesn't bother them a bit."

Though some people have gained respect for the turkeys -- Selena even named one of them Mitten -- there don't seem to be any turkey dinner boycotts in Bay View.

"It's getting closer to Thanksgiving, and lots of people see them and joke that it might be their turkey dinner," Selena said. "They've gotten bigger since we first saw them."