By Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - An increase of wild turkeys in Council Bluffs has officials considering a measure banning people from purposely feeding the birds.

The City Council earlier this week approved the first reading of an ordinance that would keep people from giving food to wild turkeys, the Daily Nonpareil reported (https://bit.ly/1pm8jpf ). If the measure passes subsequent readings, residents who violate the ordinance could face fines of up to $850.

The city’s Public Health Department requested the proposed ban.

“The number of turkeys has increased,” city health director Donn Dierks sad.

Examples of purposely feeding the birds would include people setting out bowls of feed or others acts to attract the birds. Growing a garden would not fall under that category.



If approved, the ordinance would go into effect immediately. A first offense could result in a warning letter, and subsequent offences could lead to the fine.

“These are wild turkeys, and they can live on their own without humans giving them a helping hand,” Dierks said. He added there is plenty of food for the birds in forested areas.

A bow-hunting season for wild turkeys could also be a possibility in the future, according to Dierks. The earliest date for such a season, which would allow hunting inside city limits, would be autumn 2015.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com

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