Community members react to possible wildlife feeding ban

Neighbors have mixed feelings about the proposed ban.

Posted: Mar. 1, 2018 6:34 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- A possible ban on feeding wildlife in Eugene is getting mixed reviews from neighbors.

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City councilors asked staff to write an ordinance, in hopes of keeping rats and turkeys away.

Some neighbors don't like having turkeys around, while others said they feel like the turkeys are a part of the community.

Officials said Wednesday that in the Southeast and Southwest hills, there are super flocks of up to 100 turkeys. Downtown, the problem is rampant.

Turkeys have also made homes in local neighborhoods. The Cal Young area is just one of many hot spots.

David West, a resident in the area, told KEZI he doesn't think the turkeys are a problem, he even feeds them. "We call them the Cal Young gang. They're here all the time... They're part of the environment, I guess. We just feed them. We feed squirrels, we feed pretty much everybody that comes around," West said."

West said he doesn't think feeding turkeys is the problem, he think's they'll stick around regardless. But, he added, if the city does pass the ordinance, he will stop feeding them.

A different community member told KEZI that while she doesn't typically mind turkeys, they can get agressive. "During mating season the males are aggressive, they get all poofed up and they're talking to each other.... Sometimes they'll chase people who are walking so it's safe to walk with a stick, just in case you get chased by a turkey,"Kate Jarrett said.

The City of Eugene is expected to make a decision on the ordinance at a later work session.

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