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NYC's wild turkeys

A police officer gently eases her patrol car

A police officer gently eases her patrol car through an intersection in Staten Island in a neighborhood where a large population of feral turkeys has established residence. (Nov. 11, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

A population of roving turkeys on Staten Island has become a mess-making, traffic-stopping scourge to some residents, an impromptu natural attraction to others and a fraught project for government officials.

Mary Jane Froese, left, stands in her parents'
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Mary Jane Froese, left, stands in her parents' front yard with Barbara Verderame as wild turkeys mill around the yard behind them on Staten Island. (Nov. 11, 2013)

Wild turkeys stand in the yard of Mary
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Wild turkeys stand in the yard of Mary Jane Froese's parents in Staten Island. (Nov. 11, 2013)

A wild turkey flies up to its evening
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A wild turkey flies up to its evening roost -- a tree in the front yard of Mary Jane Froese's parents -- in Staten Island. (Nov. 11, 2013)

A pedestrian walks down Cromwell Avenue past several
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A pedestrian walks down Cromwell Avenue past several wild turkeys that are pesky inhabitants of a neighborhood in Staten Island. (Nov. 11, 2013)

A police officer gently eases her patrol car
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A police officer gently eases her patrol car through an intersection in Staten Island in a neighborhood where a large population of feral turkeys has established residence. (Nov. 11, 2013)

A wild turkey crosses a residential intersection in
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A wild turkey crosses a residential intersection in Staten Island. (Nov. 11, 2013)

A youngster walks past several wild turkeys that
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A youngster walks past several wild turkeys that have taken up residence in a Staten Island neighborhood. (Nov. 11, 2013)

A wild turkey roosts in a tree in
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A wild turkey roosts in a tree in a residential Staten Island neighborhood. (Nov. 11, 2013)

Wild turkeys nibble in front of a house
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Wild turkeys nibble in front of a house in Staten Island. (Nov. 11, 2013)

A wild turkey flies up to its nightly
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A wild turkey flies up to its nightly roost -- a tree in the middle of a Staten Island neighborhood. (Nov. 11, 2013)

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