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Man cited in death of legendary Landa Park turkey

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 9:29 pm

NEW BRAUNFELS — A San Antonio man has been ticketed in the death of the wild turkey that had been making its home in Landa Park since late summer and had become a favorite attraction with park visitors.

Comal County Game Warden Brent Satsky said the turkey died after the man grabbed it by the neck, shook it and tossed it into the park’s Wading Pool.

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  • comalkid posted at 3:42 pm on Sun, Dec 4, 2011.

    comalkid Posts: 50

    Land Park had one turkey. I think that was the point, not about your neighbor's private land and the many turkeys there! This turkey of ours was in our care. We were responsible for it's well being just like the Egyptian Duck species. Awesome quack quack. If I had been present when the evildoer was about to strike the turkey he would have not gone through with it for dang sure! You have to fight the cowards! I did once and was applauded by the onlookers and the wrongdoer was booed out of the Hinman Island Park. He had thrown a beer bottle in the river, years ago, and I made him retrieve it and everyone else told him to leave!

  • YouLikeTruth posted at 9:24 am on Fri, Dec 2, 2011.

    YouLikeTruth Posts: 23

    Such passion for an animal. What happen to the passion for a human? People allow animals to dirty their cars, houses, and clothes, but the moment a human is the culprit, they get upset. People walk animals all the time, but you rarely see people walking with their family. People buy tons of pet food, but when it comes time to buy food for a human it is troubling. Animals are here to serve us and not the other way around. Remember, every word, thought and deed will be brought into judgment. Be wise as to what you give your heart, passion and time.

  • brtexn posted at 9:23 am on Fri, Dec 2, 2011.

    brtexn Posts: 429

    While I agree wholeheartedly with all the previous comments, one has to wonder where the outrage is for all of the birds that are killed by "outdoor" cats. Cat owners that allow their animals to run feral are just as bad as the man who choked the turkey.

  • sjmore posted at 7:21 am on Fri, Dec 2, 2011.

    sjmore Posts: 261

    I, too, would love to see animal cruelty charges, but unfortunately Texas has some of the mildest animal cruelty laws in the US. It only applies to domesticated animals, so this turkey wouldn't even qualify for protection under our laws. Might be time to push for newer, stricter laws. Maybe they'll name them after the Landa Park turkey!

  • Ronnie Dickens posted at 8:29 pm on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    Ronnie Dickens Posts: 3

    I am privileged to feed 50 deer (11 baby fawns), two dozen dove, a bunch of cardinals, many humming birds, one raccoon and two dachsunds on our country place. I have heard that taking care of animals makes you enjoy life longer. I wonder how bad the opposite can be for this animal abuser? It was just a wild turkey that grew to trust people, but the people ought to be better.

  • MLou posted at 3:33 pm on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    MLou Posts: 1

    I am glad the Herald reported about this to get the word out to the New Braunfels people. This is such a horrible thing that happened to an innocent animal. This person needs to be more than cited for his horrible action. I agree, he should have animal cruelty charges added. I hope whom ever is in charge of this case handles it with the up most importance. I know some people might not view pursuing this case against this despicable human being with high priority, but this turkey was a wonderful surprise for many people to see. This case needs to be IMPORTANT!

  • MILLER posted at 11:17 am on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    MILLER Posts: 1

    I was heartbroken to read of the turkey's tragic end. I hope the Park & Rec. Board will recommend that City Council ask the new City Atty. to add "animal cruelty" to the charges against the man. While I understand such charges are difficult to get a conviction on, what kind of city are we if we don't try?!!

    As for the Court House work - I fully agree with other writers, and I had already expressed my displeasure in a call to the County. ("Everyday workers" there are distressed about this event,too.)

  • jackiegibson007 posted at 11:01 am on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    jackiegibson007 Posts: 2

    Just goes to show you, with or without alcohol, with or without litter, people can still be very, very horrible.

  • jbw posted at 10:02 am on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    jbw Posts: 10

    How about a mug shot & name so we'll know who we're dealing with in the future??? Hasn't been paying his child support either!! REAL NICE GUY/DADDY.

    I hope the judge fines his rear big time & makes him stand in the park on a weekend with a sign admitting what he has done (when they find him guilty of course).

  • martiboyd posted at 8:56 am on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    martiboyd Posts: 8

    I do hope action will be taken, and a restraining order that he can never enter Landa Park for any event or to just drive through! Know thats hard to enforce, but just had to look like a big hero to his friends. Imagine what he does to his dog and kids!

  • grdavis posted at 7:35 am on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    grdavis Posts: 1

    I know the life of a single turkey is a small thing in the grand scheme of things, but the fact is that this turkey became a beloved part of our community; it brought smiles to countless peoples' faces. It even became a mini-tourist attraction. It became more than a turkey. It galls me to think that we the taxpayers are paying the two men who took part in this thoughtless destruction of our local community. FIRE THEM NOW-- SEND THEM BACK TO SAN ANTONIO NOW.

  • IGarden posted at 1:43 am on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    IGarden Posts: 472

    Hey, Mr. Contractor-in-charge-of-the-courthouse-restoration-project --- yeah, YOU!

    You need to tell your employees that they were HIRED and have JOBS because of the taxpayers in our city. It isn't real smart to go around wreaking havoc and destruction in the town that is paying you!


  • IGarden posted at 1:35 am on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    IGarden Posts: 472

    I sincerely HOPE that the man and his cohort are both FIRED ASAP. It is offensive to think that the people who caused this bird's death are so much as TOUCHING a single stone or board in our historic courthouse!

    I very much doubt, by the way, that the man was trying to use the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. That would have required some work. I would venture to say, based on experience, that the man ate Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of the taxpayers.

    I'm sure they thought that they were so cute. I can almost hear them laughing at an innocent creature's misery.

  • LSTOLINSKI posted at 1:03 am on Thu, Dec 1, 2011.

    LSTOLINSKI Posts: 549

    What a despicable act of violence. People who are capable of such behavior are often known to be capable of much worse. I'm sorry that we have people like this guy in our community doing work on our court house.

    As a side note, I don't agree that turkeys in Comal County are few and far between. A friend's small ranch on Hueco Springs Loop has a flock that is dozens strong and I can hear them gobbling from my home in south eastern Comal County too. The Rio Grande Turkey is fairly prolific in the area.