DAVIS — Without doubt, November is the month to talk turkey.
But with turkeys crowding Davis’ main drags instead of dinner plates, folks have been talking about them for months — to 911 dispatchers.
“This is almost embarrassing,” one caller said.
“I am trying to get into my office on G Street in Davis and I have this huge turkey…surrounding my car, circling me, and I don’t know what to do.”
Another called dialed dispatchers in a panic.
“I can’t leave. I can’t go anywhere. I’m literally stuck between two, and they won’t leave and…I gotta get somewhere.”
“Um, yeah… so there’s a turkey between 4th and F and then 5th and F that’s running around chasing after people,” said another caller.
Those are just some of the pleas for help phoned into 911 by Davis dialers crying foul about fowl.
As many as 100 of the birds have roamed the streets of the Yolo County town over the last decade, with dozens hanging out in a city cemetery.
Some will soon qualify to be permanent residents there, now that Davis City Council members have voted on a new turkey management plan that will allow for some of the birds to be killed, while others will be trapped.
The costs of that new plan will be just over $20,000 in the first year.
Keeping up with it could cost more than $11,000 annually.