EUGENE, Ore. — A pair of wild turkeys strolled through downtown Eugene, spurring onlookers to do double takes or to stop and snap photos.
The male and female turkeys paused outside the downtown federal building Tuesday afternoon, ducking under an entryway as slight rain fell, The Register-Guard reported .
Eugene resident Eric Cowger was washing windows at the building on Sixth Avenue and High Street. He took photos when the large fowls neared.
“You don’t really get that close to a wild turkey often,” Cowger said. “I guess that makes them not wild anymore — more like downtown pets.”
While Eugene is home to a number of turkeys, they’re found in more abundance miles south of the city around Roseburg, said Michelle Dennehy, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The turkeys may have entered into the urban core to find a food source, Dennehy said. Turkeys and other wildlife enter into new territories usually to search for food, she said.
The turkeys have been spotted around Eugene before, and images of a lone turkey wandering about downtown circulated online earlier this month.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing — there’s a turkey, just window shopping,” said Mike Conard, a Eugene resident who recorded a video of the bird.
Last month, a pair of turkeys loitered outside the entrance to the Lane County Courthouse, said county spokeswoman Devon Ashbridge. The birds have occasionally appeared outside the building, but are more often observed in less populated areas, Ashbridge said.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com