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Wild turkeys peck at windows in Detroit suburb

6/4/2007

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Wild turkeys have been showing up on the streets of this Detroit suburb, pecking at windows and
eating from bird feeders.

The skittish birds are generally found in rural areas or large
parks, but naturalists and wildlife experts say the turkeys could
get used to life in this city of more than 78,000 people.

``Wherever you have a suburb that still has large stands of big
trees left, where they think they are comfortable, you may be prone
to having wild turkeys,'' said Joe Derek, city naturalist for
Farmington Hills.

Tim Payne, southeast Michigan wildlife supervisor for the state
Department of Natural Resources, said the birds may be growing
accustomed to city life.

``They are very adaptive,'' he said. ``If they've got cover and
protection, they can adapt to people.''