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Not quite lions, tigers and bears

June 1, 2009 - Deb Gau
I’d be the first to admit that I’m not an outdoorsy person, but after getting stalked by a turkey in Camden State Park over the weekend, I think maybe I should turn in my old Girl Scout badges or something. It’s just that ridiculous.

Okay, so maybe “stalked” is an exaggeration. I had decided to go out to the park and explore some of the hiking trails on Saturday morning, and ended up on one of the longer routes that run up near the park’s northwestern edge. The terrain is pretty much woods running down the valley on one side of the trail and a little fringe of trees bordering flat open land on the other. I was ambling along, admiring the view and the nice weather, and just thinking about how it had been awhile since I last saw anyone else around when I heard footsteps in the brush. Right. Behind. Me.

It was definitely footsteps - there were two or three rustling noises with little pauses in between, not just random crashing. I did that thing where you kind of squeal and jump up and turn around at the same time, and a turkey hen about 10 feet away did the same. However, she did it in reverse (and without the squealing), and ran away into the woods.

I’m pretty sure the turkey wasn’t actually following me - we just managed to startle each other. Maybe it was just a really dumb bird or a youngster that hasn't made the "people eat turkeys" connection yet. Then again, maybe that's what they want you to think.

Ya know, they say you never hear the turkey with your name on it . . .


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