The City of Castlegar has installed two turkey crossing signs on Columbia Ave. to remind drivers to look out for rafters of wild turkeys and avoid accidents.
“People for over a year have been telling some of us council people that they had to slam on their breaks because turkeys were crossing and then it had the reaction where everybody’s slamming on their breaks,” said Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff. “Some people had little minor fender benders. A couple of people actually had hit the turkeys and they actually came up on the windshield and cracked the windshield.”
The signs are also meant to help protect the animals.
As there were no turkey crossing signs commercially available, the city had to have the signs specially made.