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Moorhead council moves forward with turkey relocation to South Dakota

Wild turkeys forage Monday, Feb. 11, on the 800 Block of Fifth Avenue North, Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Moorhead City Council approved the opportunity to relocate 75 turkeys to eastern South Dakota at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 11.

The abundance of turkeys in the city have become a nuisance for residents across the Red River from Fargo.

Mike Oehler, area wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources based in Fergus Falls, previously said that the three options for controlling the birds are to limit feeding, baiting and trapping them with a “rocket net” or allowing a minimal hunting season.

The partnership with South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks that the council approved Monday would go forward with the second option.

This method will require a Minnesota DNR permit as well as a wild turkey management plan, which the city of Moorhead would have to develop by Sept. 1.

City residents can participate in the development of the plan and it could also benefit South Dakota's turkey restoration plan.

All costs for trapping and moving the birds will be incurred by South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

South Dakota staff would use large nets deployed by rocket cannons to try to safely capture turkeys.

The council does not yet know an estimated date of turkey relocation.

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