Gobble, gulp! Nuisance turkeys could soon land on Thanksgiving Day tables

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STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) – Slaughtered wild turkeys that were creating a nuisance months ago may now be supplied to local Staten Island food pantries for meals.

Anita Fine, who runs the St. Edward Food Pantry, said she is not interested in serving the wild turkeys to her clientele.

Wild turkeys have been a sore subject in this borough because at the Staten Island Psychiatric Center the population of wild turkeys was growing much too fast and in response to complaints the turkey droppings were creating bacterial contamination issues, the state rounded up, collected and slaughtered dozens. Those are very same ones the state is considering to now let people eat.

The issue for people who are just now hearing about the plan is the diet of these city dwellers in particular.

The meat from the slaughtered turkeys is still frozen at a state facility being tested for PCB’s, insecticides and pesticides.

It is unlikely they will be distributed to any food pantries by Thanksgiving.