Who shot the turkey?

Man offers reward to find out

By Maureen Robertson

Emergency Animal Rescue volunteers and several upset San Diego Country Estates residents are trying to catch a wild turkey who “runs like a road runner” and has a green arrow through his chest.

Photo/Jeff Biletnikoff

“People need to know that somebody is shooting arrows in a residential area,” said Michelle Ceroli, who lives in the condominium complex on Davis Cup Lane and feeds a group of turkeys who live in the area. “This is a warning that somebody’s out here shooting arrows.”

Jeff Biletnikoff, who lives nearby on Hereford Drive and also feeds the turkeys, reported the incident to the sheriff’s department. He’s offering a reward to learn who shot the arrow, and asks anyone with information to call the sheriff’s Ramona station at 760-789-9157.

Because the turkey’s been injured, “he’s been ostracized (by others in his group),” said Biletnikoff. “The bird is on its own” and thus easier prey for predators.

Ceroli also called the sheriff’s department. Additionally, she’s been talking with Jan Pickton, an Emergency Animal Rescue volunteer who with other rescue volunteers has been trying to capture the bird and get him to a veterinarian. It has not been easy, she admits.

“He runs like the wind and flies 3 feet off the ground,” said Pickton. “We’ve got to get him. He needs to get medical attention.”

She explained that infection will set in because of the arrow in his system.

Four sheriff’s deputies tried to “chase the bird down” to no avail, said Ceroli. “Everyone’s failed to capture the turkey. He’s all by himself. He’s being shunned.”

Despite repeated efforts to catch the bird, Pickton isn’t giving up on her efforts. Another condominium resident will help her pinpoint where the bird is roosting at night, she said.

“We’re a bunch of diehards,” she said of Emergency Animal Rescue volunteers. “We’re going to get it.”

The organization, headquartered in Ramona, operated totally on donations, she said, noting that the volunteers hold fundraisers such as cooking at horse shows in the two equestrian centers in the Estates.

Emergency Animal Rescue can be contacted at 760-594-0751.

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12 Comments for “Who shot the turkey?”

  1. big bird

    I just saw that turkey at The Ink Well last week.

  2. Turkey Jerky

    Can i get my arrow back?

  3. Sandra

    What a shame, and shame on you dummy! At least make a clean shot!

  4. Only in California

    Well it is turkey season…. Now they are going to start a petition to take away our bow n arrows!

  5. Stephan Maher

    Regardless of how the bird was injured, the humane thing to do would be to have a competent hunter wait for this bird and put it down. Do-gooders chasing it around to "help" it is just putting the poor thing through more suffering. I'll volunteer if you will clear it with CA DFG for the special dispensation.

  6. Conservationist

    The real problem here is people violating state wild life regs by feeding wild game and tax payer money bring used to hire sherrifs to chase it around. Ramona is surrounded by blm land and national forest the bird easily could have been shot there. Sometimes getting food is a messy process.

  7. Invisible Man

    Stupid people. If you were not feeding the wild life it wouldn't be hanging out around the houses. The 2 people who feed these wild animals are responsible for this birds situation. If the bird was shot more then 150yrds from any dwelling than he was legally pursued. If you stupid people had any sense you would know how to do the right thing. STUPID PEOPLE.

  8. Valerie Fredrickson

    I see these birds every day. They frequent the open fields and creekbed areas near the facility where I board my horses. They are wild and keep their distance like any other wild bird. I hardly think that the people feeding them are responsible for the arrow in it's body anymore than a person feeding other wild birds from their yard. The person who did shoot this turkey is irresponsible and cruel and makes it difficult for actual responsible and law-abiding hunters. I hardly feel safe riding or walking my dogs knowing some "stupid" idiot with arrows is out doing target practice. NEWSFLASH…it's not open season at the Casey Tibbs Western Center or the residential community in the area. Have some common sense. The person out there shooting it up should do the decent thing….step forward, admit it and then do the humane thing, either help with catching it or get permission to finish the job like any decent hunter would do. If you condone this person's actions than you are as "stupid" and cowardly as he/she.

  9. Invisible Man

    It will be interesting to see if the game warden sites the two people who broke the law by feeding the wildlife.

  10. Valerie

    It will be more interesting if the degenerate who did the deed comes forward. Do you think it's the first time this person has been shooting arrows at animals in our residential community? Doubtful. Besides, the issue is finding this person and what to do with the injured turkey. That's priority. Your issue of hummingbird, cardinal and turkey feeders can be addressed later. Sheesh!

  11. Invisible Man

    Your right Valerie. If he did this unlawfully then he should be held accountable. At the very least he will be in trouble for not using a legal tip on his arrow that one looks like a target arrow, and that is why it did not make a humane kill. I do hope they find the knuckle head. Wild turkeys travel up to 3 miles a day often making a big circle. There is a good chance these wild birds travel through an area where it is legal to shoot one. As for what to do with the bird, I suggest buttermilk batter then deep fry.

  12. Valerie

    I hope that's the case. I prefer traditional roasted with dressing though.

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