Wild turkeys in Albany neighborhoods are, in the words of a proposed city ordinance, an “ongoing condition” and a public nuisance that must be stopped.
To that end, the city council is being asked to prohibit the feeding of wildlife. “Wildlife” in this case covers animals not usually considered domesticated including “but not limited to” nutria, coyotes, deer, foxes, groundhogs, opossums, raccoons, skunks and, of course, turkeys.
Feeding songbirds and waterfowl would still be allowed. But the ordinance says it should be done to avoid access to the feed by other wildlife.
Several small flocks of wild turkeys made the rounds of Albany neighborhoods last fall, and the city advised people not to feed them lest they stick around and cause a problem with their droppings. Now the thinking at City Hall seems to be that advice is not enough and a prohibition is what the city needs.
The council will consider the proposed ordinance at a work session Monday afternoon (4 p.m. at City Hall). Then the proposal is on the council’s Wednesday night agenda for adoption. If it becomes law, people caught feeding wildlife could be cited for an infraction. (hh)