Mystery over the disappearance of Doug the Uptown turkey

Neighbors have been posting about the turkey, who they affectionately call Doug, for weeks.
A turkey in Minneapolis in July.

A turkey in Minneapolis in July.

There's a turkey who has become a regular in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood, and now there's a mystery over whether the turkey is still alive.

Neighbors have affectionately named the turkey Doug, posting his adventures on social media. He has his own Reddit account and there's a Facebook page dedicated to the turkeys spotted in the area

Yes, there are tons of turkeys in Minneapolis, so there's the possibility that not every bird seen crossing at a crosswalk, waiting for the bus, or walking down the street is the infamous Doug, but who's to say it isn't? Not us. 

Anyway, it appears Doug's adventures were all part of his campaign strategy. On Thursday, Doug announced via a newly created Facebook page and Twitter account that he's seeking the Minneapolis City Council Ward 10 seat (it's not up for election this year).

However, his candidacy is shrouded in mystery following reports of his untimely death earlier this week. Social media posts claim the famous turkey was hit by a car and he was seen stumbling across Lyndale Avenue, near Pizza Luce, before collapsing in the median and apparently dying.

Doug the turkey candidate, though, claims these rumors are false. BMTN has reached out to his campaign (the creature with opposable thumbs who runs his Facebook page) for more details. 

Doug isn't the only local turkey celeb – there's one in Bloomington, too. Her name is Penny.

Minnesota's wild turkey population is at more than 70,000, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, including some wild turkeys who live in urban areas. 

These turkeys have become acclimated to people, which can create problems like roosting on homes, becoming aggressive toward people and pets, and ruining the paint on cars, the DNR says (or bring a neighborhood together, as Doug has). 

Meanwhile, the DNR says some wild turkeys choose to hang out on the center of busy highways and blocking traffic. It's unclear why they do this, and they can be hard to get rid of or may need to be forcibly removed if they create a hazardous situation.

This might explain why Doug spends so much time on busy Lyndale Avenue. 

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