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FAA: We'll be ready for Arkansas turkey drop

October 7, 2011

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—No one in Yellville will say if they expect wild turkeys to fall from planes for this year's Turkey Trot Festival. But the Federal Aviation Administration says it will be watching.

An FAA spokesman tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( that the agency will track any pilot who drops wild turkeys over the tiny north Arkansas town. Offenders could lose their licenses.

The spokesman, Lynn Lunsford, says no one in town will tell them who flies the planes.

Fans of the drop say it doesn't hurt the turkeys, which float to the ground. Lunsford says he's seen video of a turkey falling straight down and bouncing off the roof of a building.

One animal rights group, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, calls the event cruel.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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