Farmers call wild turkeys a nuisance

Some Quebec farmers say a species of birds which started appearing in this province in the 1970s is so well established now that it has become a nuisance.  

Wild turkeys were first welcomed by Quebec wildlife experts concerned about biodiversity and some effort was put into getting flocks established.  

Now, though, farmers are complaining that the large birds are damaging their grain crops and aviation experts say they've become a hazard to aircraft, particularly at the airport in Gatineau.

The Quebec Farmers' Union is demanding an expanded wild turkey hunt to control the population.  

La Presse says last year, Quebec issued  approximately 14,000 hunting permits and only in some regions were hunters permitted to bag more than one wild turkey..