Why we need more bike racks
August 30, 2010 § 2 Comments
Spotted this morning on the Quad (between Gordon Hall and LHRRB): a portion of Brookline’s flock of wild turkeys. They’re a common sight on Washington St between Brookline Village and Washington Square, but I’ve never seen them make it this far before. They were getting quite possessive about the bike racks.
According to the Globe, turkeys had been eliminated from Massachusetts by 1851. Then in the 1970’s turkeys were re-introduced into the Berkshires, and did well; in the 80’s and 90’s Berkshire turkeys were deliberately spread to other areas of the state. Now the population has grown large enough that the state encourages hunting: over 3,000 wild turkeys were shot by hunters in Massachusetts last year. None in Suffolk county — where we are — presumably because someone feels that shooting turkeys in a built-up area is to be avoided. Good call.
Oh, by the way — these are not tame birds. Don’t feed them. And they’ve been known to attack people, though my guess is that this is rare.