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Johnston Turkey Continues To Evade Capture

The chase for Johnston’s elusive turkey continues.

The turkey was spotted Friday morning near Atwood Ave, but continues to evade capture. A town animal control officer tried to shoot a snare net at the bird, but he misfired. Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena said the animal took off into traffic, increasing his concern for public safety.

"I don’t want to see him splattered all over Atwood Avenue."

“I’m afraid he’s going to cause an accident, and not only that, I’m afraid he’s going to get hit also,” Polisena said. “And I don’t want to see him splattered all over Atwood Avenue. And I don’t want to see him going through a car windshield.”

SPCA Humane Law Enforcement agent Earl Newman says continuing the already three-month-long hunt might not be worth it. He says the turkey can now recognize SPCA vehicles.

“We look like idiots out there trying to chase this thing down, but they’re not easy to catch,” Newman said. “You know people underestimate turkeys. They think they’re just big dumb birds, but he’s a wise old bird.”

Mayor Polisena said wise or not, he’s determined to catch this turkey.

The original gaggle of three grazes in a small patch of greenery downtown.
The original gaggle of three grazes in a small patch of greenery downtown.
Johnston Mayor's Office