Wild turkey with 4K Facebook followers dies in Missouri

Updated: Jul. 13, 2018 at 1:03 PM CDT
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri wildlife officials are reporting a sad ending to a monthlong effort to capture a wild turkey that had its own Facebook page with more than 4,000 followers.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the bird, which became known as Tina the urban turkey, was struck and killed Friday morning after wandering onto a Columbia road. Tina was known for approaching people and sometimes blocking traffic.

But Tom Strother, of the Missouri Department of Conservation, said Tina was "pretty intelligent" and hid during efforts to capture it. If Tina had been captured, the department planned to release the bird back into the wild in a conservation area where hunting wasn't allowed.

A post on Tina's Facebook page expressed sadness that the bird's "environment turned out to be too urban."

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune,

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