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Turkey slows traffic on Fulton St. in Grand Rapids

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Wild turkey along Fulton St. in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) Less than a week before Thanksgiving and a turkey was running wild in the streets of Grand Rapids.

The bird was slowing traffic near the Fulton Street Farmer's Market this morning near Fulton Street and Fuller Avenue.  WZZM 13's Sarah Barwacz happened to be in the area and took some pictures.

The turkey eventually made its way to safety.

Experts say the wild turkey population is growing in urban areas due to a lack of predators. The birds were driven to near-extinction a century ago by hunting and habitat loss. By 1900, only 30,000 wild turkeys survived, mostly in swamps and mountains, says wildlife biologist Scott Vance of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Wild turkeys were wiped out in 17 of 36 states.

For more on the return of the wild turkey, click on the link to an artilce from USA Today.

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