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Feast your eyes on Lucy the turkey roaming Columbia County

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 6:34 PM EST
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COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - There’s a turkey in town just in time for Thanksgiving. If you’ve been out to Evans to Locks Road in Columbia County, maybe you’ve seen her.

Neighbors tell us she’s making a name and a home for herself near the intersection of Evans to Locks and Stevens Creek Roads. She’s been hanging around for months.

“There’s a lot of traffic that comes through there,” said Jennifer Wilcox, who’s seen Lucy.

“It can be backed up in both directions,” she said.

Residents are seeing their own traffic hazard.

“I’ve seen this turkey several times. She will stop in the middle of the road, she will hold up traffic, she will chase you if you get out of your car,” said Wilcox.

The neighbors don’t seem to have a problem with her.

“It’s kind of like a little mascot running around here,” said resident Jeremy Carnes.

Some maybe like her a little bit too much.

“I thought we could have her for Thanksgiving dinner but our grandma already bought a turkey,” said Carnes’ nephew.

Just like she’s eluded becoming a Thanksgiving meal, deputies and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources say she’s a jailbird.

“The turkey is really hard to catch because it’s still able to fly and able to run,” said I.B. Parnell, wildlife biologist for Georgia DNR.

And as long as she stays out of trouble, she can roam free.

“There’s not any major concern with the turkey being in this location,” said Parnell.

“Oh, it’s pretty neat. I mean, I think everyone wants what’s best for her,” said Wilcox.

To see a wild turkey on Thanksgiving week, “it’s pretty fitting,” said Wilcox.

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