A turkey shot with an arrow turned up in a Concord backyard Wednesday morning, but took off into the woods before wildlife officials could catch it, authorities said.The Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Animal Rescue League of Boston said they are working together to track down the wounded fowl.
Calls about the turkey with the arrow in its back in the area of Oxbow Road began coming in to the Environmental Police over the weekend, said Reggie Zimmerman, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
The turkey is apparently a regular at the Concord home where it was found, said Jennifer Wooliscroft, spokeswoman for the Animal Rescue League.
"He sleeps in the homeowner's yard," she said.
The manager of the rescue services team that responded could see the arrow sticking out of him before he ran away, Wooliscroft said.
Residents are periodically reporting seeing the turkey, said Zimmerman, and officials are still in pursuit.
While it is legal to hunt turkeys with bows and arrows, said Zimmerman, the turkey hunting seasons are in fall and spring, not in winter.
It's been a tough week for turkeys in the suburbs of Boston. On Tuesday, one member of a three-turkey gang accused of harassing Brookline residents was caught after a chase through the neighborhood. Officials planned to release the aggressive fowl in a less populated area, but had to euthanize him instead due to a broken wing suffered during his capture.
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