When I made my first visit to Staten Island last month (finally completing my five-borough quintilla) I was shocked to see wildlife. And I'm not talking about Illusions Nightclub.
Turkeys. Lots of wild turkeys. Roaming wild down the streets of Staten Island. In residents' lawns. Infesting the parks in the same way that Canada Geese often do in other cities. I easily counted more than a hundred of them walking around randomly in one greenspace called Ocean Breeze Park.
WTF? (Why The Fowls?)
No one there could tell me with certainly, but apparently at some point some resident brought several turkeys to the area as pets, and with no hunting there or natural predators, their numbers have butterballed.
So, with Thanksgiving coming and the economy down a bit, are a ..., are some residents considering actually bagging one of these babies and having a free Thanksgiving dinner? Apparently so.
Now, don't expect me to be serving my kids free-range Hyland Boulevard turkey next week. A bit to gamy to me. But if your host serves you white meat with tire tracks on it, you've been warned.