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    Traffic dodging Route 7 turkey euthanized in Sterling

    A turkey, shown here in a Twitter photo by Leanne Wiberg crossing Route 7 near Dulles Town Center, was euthanized today. Photo Courtesy/Twitter
    The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on Monday euthanized a turkey that for weeks had caused traffic problems on Route 7 near CountrySide Boulevard in Sterling.

    The turkey, according to Amy Martin, assistant director of programs and services for Loudoun County Animal Control, had been darting across Route 7 for weeks, causing traffic delays.

    “She really was causing a disturbance on Route 7,” Martin said.

    Animal Control, along with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, had tried to wrangle in the turkey to relocate her, but several attempts were unsuccessful.
    Martin said animal control officers have received many complaints from residents in Sterling over the past few weeks about turkeys roaming the neighborhoods.

    It's mating season for turkeys, she said, and they're generally attracted to shiny objects, such as mirrored buildings.

    Still, some Sterling residents are not happy about how the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries handled the situation.

    “The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has plenty of resources. They could have done something more humane to solve the problem … This was an easy fix for them,” said David Janiga of Sterling.


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