Butler County Sheriff "pardons" trouble-making turkey

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A trouble-making turkey was briefly detained by the Butler County Sheriff's Department, and secretly placed in an "Animal Protection Program."

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that he has officially "pardoned" a wild turkey that was captured last week in Liberty Township.

The Sheriff's Office had received several phone complaints over the last couple of weeks involving a wild turkey in the roadway impeding traffic on a few Liberty Township roadways. However, by the time deputies would arrive in response to the calls, the turkey had fled from the area.

On November 21, deputies were able to catch the culprit. Deputies were once again called for a wild turkey in the roadway, this time along Princeton Road near the Yankee Road intersection.

After coming nose-to-nose with a Sheriff's cruiser, the turkey was able to be captured with the assistance from a Sheriff's Office Dog Warden member. The bird was taken into custody and briefly detained. The turkey was not injured in the process.

The wild turkey has been transported to a remote farm location in another township, and was released back into the wild. For added protection for the turkey, that exact location is not being revealed. The turkey has been secretly placed in an "Animal Protection Program."

"I don't think the turkey was purposely impeding traffic," said Sheriff Jones. "In light of the pending Thanksgiving holiday, I figured it was in the turkey's best interest to simply let it be returned to the wild. It was released with my blessing."

The Sheriff's Office has since learned that this is probably not the only wild turkey that may be on the loose in the Liberty Township area, and residents are cautioned to remember that turkeys are wild animals.

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