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Bad Turkey

As a small town newspaper reporter, I live for moments when I get to write articles like this one, which will be in next week's paper:

Could it be Thanksgiving revenge? A driver hit a turkey near Brimfield last week, and not with a knife and fork.
Ken Mast of Wawaka hit the bird, or vice versa, as he drove near the east junction of US 6 and SR 9 Tuesday, November 29, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. Mast told police the turkey flew at his Ponitac Vibe at about 3:30 p.m., and he wasn't able to avoid hitting it.
Mast wasn't hurt, although his car was damaged. What he had for dinner wasn't reported.


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Dec. 1st, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
turkeys creaming cars
Dude, I had no idea there were even turkeys IN Indiana, I see pheasents and such (but not until I refused to believe my parents on that one). When I lived up in Vermont, my boyfriend at the time's mother told me about being attacked by multiple birds.

Turkeys are indeed suicidal, as she was attacked by 8 at once... and they did major damage to the side of her truck, haha....

Dec. 2nd, 2005 08:36 am (UTC)
Wild Indiana
Wild turkeys are pretty rare in Indiana, but there are some. We've got foxes and wolves too, and a few years ago there was a big black leopard running around near Albion that must have escaped from a private owner somewhere.

But I've never heard of a flock of turkeys attacking somebody! That would be a scary experience.
Dec. 2nd, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Wild Indiana
yah, I remember that. Though I thought that the Bonars decided that that wasn't a leopard, the foot pattern and the size suggested wasn't quite right. But people all over Merriam have talked for *years* about the panther, not just since the New Era put it in the paper.

Wolves I know of too, I remember the commotion of Wolf's Habitat over by Chain O Lakes... And I had a wolf mix a year or so later come to my house and "claim" me. hehe.

I see foxes and coyotes down on SR 9 occasionally between Merriam and Columbia City.

Turkeys though, I thought liked the NE better, haha.
Dec. 3rd, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
black cat
I saw it myself the same day Bonar and a couple of police officers did, and I later Googled pictures of various exotic cats ... it was the spitting image of a black leopard, as Karen. Bonar agreed at the time. However, there were questions about the footprints in that incident, so it's possible she changed her mind after talking to me. After that spate of citings I started hearing from people who had sighted a similar animal in years past, but I really don't know if they're all connected or not.
It sure gave everyone something to talk about, didn't it?
Dec. 4th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
Re: black cat
yah. According to one of my prof's in college, there used to actually be *wild* panthers and such in Indiana... makes me wonder if maybe they were just smart and *hid* for years other than random hunters coming across them or if this is a new incident.

I do believe though in my heart that they are *seperate* incidents dealing with panthers. I mean, we've had sightings from Brimfield on south to Columbia City... and I know that at least Tigers' territories are only 52 acres... So that makes me suspect that this isn't just someone's pet escaping.

Glad someone caught a glimpse of it... now if only you'd gotten a picture, hehe. :-D
Dec. 4th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
Wish I'd had a camera ...
The one I saw -- if it IS a black leopard -- is definitely not native to this area, and must have been released or gotten away from its owner. It's illegal to have them without all sorts of permits, which would explain why the owner didn't report it missing. (There was a white fox cavorting around Albion for a few months, several years ago. In that case it was here legally, and the owner eventually caught it again.)
But yes, there were native big cats in this area at one time, and who knows? You're right that one cat wouldn't account for all the sightings around this general area, so if they're all accurate, there has to be more than one. It's a wild thought for those of us who think humanity has tamed nature, isn't it?

Dec. 6th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
Re: Wish I'd had a camera ...
mmmhmm, especially in our area... haha.

The rumor a few years ago about Wolfe's Habitat closing because wolves actually escaped... was there any truth to that rumor? I figure you're the best person to ask, as you're on the fire dept. and work for the paper. :)

And I've always wondered, especially with my beautiful Howie walking into my life when he did.
Dec. 6th, 2005 06:45 am (UTC)
I've heard the rumor too, but the authorities were keeping an eye on that place, and there were never any charges of such a thing as far as I know. He went out of business just because he ran out of money -- apparently bit off more than he could chew. What I don't know, however, is what happened to the wolves when the place closed down.
Dec. 6th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
Re: wolves
yah, never noticed any trailers going outta there with wolves in 'em, hehe... and as I've said before, about a year or so later, my dog came to be with me... who was an obvious wolf mix, hehe... and his past has always eluded me, as I walked him door to door in Merriam trying to find his "rightful" owner (I say "rightful" because he was almost starved and had heartworms AND roundworms, and his collar was too tight).

Wolfe's Habitat was a great *concept*, too bad that it didn't work out... because it was awesome to be canoe camping back in Chain O Lakes, cuz from there, you could hear the wolves at night... now THAT was awesome.
Dec. 6th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
Re: wolves
Wherever it came from, I'm glad you found your canine companion.
I thought I was the only person that utilized the canoe camp. In fact, I think there are some places in that park that I'm the only person to ever visit. Back before I got so busy, I spent most of my summers down there.
Dec. 6th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: wolves
hehe, I love going back in there... If you keep going straight from there, there's an old house... that is JUST the foundation... beautifully peaceful. :-D
Dec. 6th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
Re: wolves
There was an old concrete house up the hill from the canoe camp that I used to love to go visit; I'd eat lunch on the roof. But, sadly, they tore it down several years ago.
Dec. 6th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: wolves
really?! :( I would have loved that. I love anything natury (I suppose that explains my beliefs a bit, haha)... I always feel such a wonderful energy whenever I go up there and see the foundations of where mighty houses once stood... sort of reminds me that no matter how hectic life is now, the natural order of things will eventually return. :)
Dec. 6th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: wolves
I just like to breath fresh air. :-) But canoeing and walking on the trails are definitely activies that are good for the soul, as well as the body.
Dec. 1st, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
We saw a turkey in our neighbor's front yard once in Mishawaka. Very strange. At least it wasn't throwing itself at unsuspecting drivers!
Dec. 2nd, 2005 08:38 am (UTC)
Maybe the turkey, like our local deer, decided it couldn't take one more Indiana winter and committed suicide by car. I get that way every fall, myself.
Dec. 1st, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
didn't they release turkeys in noble co awhile (years) back?
Dec. 2nd, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
If they did, I either forgot or never heard about it -- both are possibilities. I prefer the Indiana turkeys to stay in the state legislature, myself.
Dec. 1st, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
aww poor turkey. He shoulda eaten it if he didn't.
Dec. 2nd, 2005 08:42 am (UTC)
Wouldn't make sense to waste old Tom once he was -- um -- wasted, would it?
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