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Shooting Lodi's elusive turkey

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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 5:54 pm

I love these stories.

On Monday, we heard about a large wild turkey roaming in southwest Lodi. Staff writer Wes Bowers put together a story, but we didn't have a photo of the big bird.

Driving along Lower Sacramento Road Tuesday on my way to the gym, I spotted a feathery creature standing in the shade of what appeared to be a Cottonwood tree.

I did a U-turn, hopped out, and trotted across the intersection of Lower Sac and Kettleman.

There, just 30 feet away, was the turkey.

I crept up and snapped a few shots of the bird. I also discovered a bird-lover had put out some water and grain for him. I shot a few pics of the water and feed, too.

As Wes' story pointed out, the turkey is roaming in the same area, south of Panera Bread, where an albino squirrel was residing a few years ago.

Albino squirrels, possums, giant bucks, coyotes. We've done stories on all of them in and around Lodi.

City officials would like to work with state fish and game folks to capture the turkey and release him someplace less prone to moving big rigs.

I hope that happens, and the sooner the better. I'd hate to see this creature  meet an unfortunate end.