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Pilot Rock moves to ban feeding wild turkeys

Council passes on extra ordinance to ban trapping because it’s already in the state law.
Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on October 19, 2017 6:46PM

Last changed on October 19, 2017 7:20PM

A rafter of wild turkeys crosses a bridge over East Birch Creek on East Birch Creek Road outside of Pilot Rock in January, 2013.

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A rafter of wild turkeys crosses a bridge over East Birch Creek on East Birch Creek Road outside of Pilot Rock in January, 2013.

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The Pilot Rock City Council is set to ban feeding wild turkeys.

The gobbler population exceeds 60 in the small town, and some citizens are full of the fowl fouling areas and damaging property. City recorder Teri Porter said the council at its meeting Tuesday night approved the first read of a new ordinance to prohibit feeding the turkeys. The council can vote the new city law into effect at its next meeting, Nov. 7.

The council also nixed a proposal to outlaw trapping the turkeys or other wild animals. Porter said the council deemed the ordinance unnecessary because Oregon already outlaws such trapping.

In non turkey business, the council voted to change the city’s traffic code to define “personal property” as “any property not belonging to the city of Pilot Rock.” Porter said the change is part of the city’s clean-up effort.

Some Pilot Rockers store trailers, four-wheelers and other vehicles on the public right-of-way. Porter said keeping property in such a place for more than 72 hours is a violation of city law.

“We’re trying to get them to comply and remove these,” she said.

The council also met for a work session before the meeting to discuss the city recorder position. Porter is retiring in the spring, so the council reviewed the job description and salary. Porter also said she would advertise the position from Nov. 1-30 in local media, through the state and on various websites.



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