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Staten Island's Wild Turkeys

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The streets of the South Beach section of Staten Island are a bit more crowded in recent times. Dozens and dozens of turkeys run wild in the vicinity of Seaview Avenue: On the grass, side streets, and on the busy main streets.

The birds cause major traffic headaches, according to residents.

Fox 5 saw one turkey playing chicken with a car. The bird just stood there, until the driver gave in and went around.

One woman recently said she was trapped in her car after turkeys jumped onto her windshield.

"Sometimes you have to stop you have to wait five to ten minutes at a time, I've seen them here since I was a kid," one man said.

City law protects the wild turkeys from hunters so the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is apparently considering taking steps to manage the birds. The DEC has sent out surveys to people in the area to see what they think about the issue.

The flock, numbering around a 100 birds, starting forming about a decade ago when a woman released a small number of the birds.

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