More than 100 wild turkeys pardoned on Staten Island

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STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) — This is such a turkey of  a story, but hopefully without a fowl ending.

More than 100 wild turkeys who live on or near the grounds of the South Beach Psychiatric Center on Staten Island are being given a pardon just days before Thanksgiving.

Dylene Schifando was happy to hear the news.

"It's great the turkeys are going" on a trip upstate, Schifando.

Schifando said she's sick and tired of dodging turkey droppings when she walks her dog, a Chow Chow named Jax, so this Dongan Hills resident was thrilled to hear that up to 100 wild turkeys will be relocated to a farm in green county New York, where the owner is a licensed game breeder.

"I blow my whistle and they go away," Barbara Liang, another neighbor, told PIX11 News. But she wondered about the cost.

"Who's going to pay for this?" Liang wondered.

It's a joint effort from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environmental Conservation. Officials will be setting up crates with food bait to catch the wild turkeys in the coming weeks.

It's a great alternative to the controversial slaughter of these pesky creatures. But many worry, why just 100?

"There are maybe 300 or 400 turkeys out here," Staten Island resident John Catrama added.

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