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Wild turkeys in Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve are hoping for a last minute reprieve, before 20 youths and their chaperones arrive on March 23 and 24 with shotguns looking to hunt them down.

According to the Los Angeles Times, The Animal Protection and Rescue League hope a Superior court judge will stop the hunt for not having filed the necessary environmental documents.

County Supervisors approved the hunt in late January by a 3-to-2 vote. According to Supervisors Bill Horn, Dianne Jacob, and Greg Cox, the hunt is a "positive way for young people to practice a legal hobby under the mentorship of experienced adults."

Pam Slater-Price and Ron Roberts disagreed, saying the open space reserve wasn't set aside to become a hunting ground.

The group, led by attorney Bryan Pease, who also happens to be running for city council in District 1, will submit the formal request tomorrow.

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Twister March 19, 2012 @ 3:27 p.m.

Turkeys are highly destructive of native ecosystems.

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Dennis March 19, 2012 @ 4:57 p.m.

I've been to Heise & seen the turkeys. You can literally get within feet of them throughout the park, how can anyone call this hunting? Truly wild turkeys are very elusive and not easy to hunt, this is like shooting fish in a barrel. Great lesson to teach kids.

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Visduh March 19, 2012 @ 9:37 p.m.

Well, I've been to Santa Ysabel preserve a number of times and have never seen a turkey or any obvious sign of them. I have seen cattle which still roam part of the area. How is it that a nature preserve still has cattle? Those turkeys are not native to the area, any more than these "feral" pigs that now roam the back country. They root around under the oak trees and disturb the natural mulch and the soil beneath the mulch. The oaks are plenty stressed now with the general drought conditions, the borers, and too many people. Add turkeys and pigs, and the oaks may be our next endangered species.

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Twister March 19, 2012 @ 9:53 p.m.

TRUE! But the oaks are the "charismatic" species. The turkeys and pigs eliminate not only acorns, but wild strawberries, onions, all sorts of wildflowers, and other flora, leaving us to contend with highly flammable, water-sucking alien grasses and other weeds, not to mention erosion.

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Tallsharon March 20, 2012 @ 10:20 a.m.

did Pam marry Duncan Hunter? Ha ha ha Bet Mr. price was surprised.

Pam Slater Price. :)

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