Three tom turkeys stand in a yard off of Northeast Elder Street in Pilot Rock. A couple dozen of the birds have taken roost in the area and are causing some concerns with local citizens.

Three tom turkeys stand in a yard off of Northeast Elder Street in Pilot Rock. A couple dozen of the birds have taken roost in the area and are causing some concerns with local citizens.

E.J. Harris/East Oregonian

The federal wildlife service stands ready to take out wild turkeys roaming Pilot Rock should the need arise.

So far, it hasn’t.

Citizen complaints about the turkeys causing property damage and creating mounds of scat prompted the city council last year to ban feeding the birds, and on Nov. 21 the council voted in favor of having the United States Department of Agriculture eliminate the wild turkeys.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Pendleton on Dec. 11 wrote the kill permit. State wildlife biologist Mark Kirsch said the permit allows the city to pursue lethal taking within certain parameters and designates the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as the agency to handle the work.

Read the full story at the East Oregonian.

Listen: “Think Out Loud” talks to Mayor Virginia Carnes about Pilot Rock’s turkey trouble.