Wild turkey finally captured in Lake Bluff

August 09, 2010 at 12:14 PM

LAKE BLUFF, Ill. (AP) — It took more than 80 hours of stalking, baiting and waiting, but animal rescue workers have finally netted “Sparkles,” the elusive wild turkey who was making his home near a busy intersection in the Chicago suburb of Lake Bluff.

Garon Fyffe, director of A-B-C Humane Wildlife Control of Arlington Heights says he was beginning to doubt that he’d ever outsmart “Sparkles,” but he finally had some luck iFriday afternoon.

Fyffe says he set out some corn and Multi-grain Cheerios, and as “Sparkles” was eyeing the bait, a passer-by startled the turkey, who ran into the street and bounced off the side of a car.

It took Fyffe two tries, but he finally managed to get his net over “Sparkles,” who was only momentarily stunned.

Fyffe says “Sparkles” will now be relocated to be with other wild turkeys.