DEAR JOAN: I came back after two months away to find a turkey carcass on my front walkway.

My gardener told me he saw my neighbor shooting the turkeys with a BB gun, leaving dead turkeys where they dropped. He already had picked up many dead turkeys for me.

There used to be more than 60 birds around; now I see about five. The turkeys usually rest on the big tree in my neighbor's yard at night.

Is there any law about shooting wild turkeys? They do make a lot of mess, but I do not want them dead.

Who should I talk to about this?

Lucy

Bay Area

Wild turkey, in all his glory. Do you have a photo to share? Send a high resolution jpeg to jmorris@bayareanewsgroup.com.Courtesy of Doug Sheaffer
Wild turkey, in all his glory. Do you have a photo to share? Send a high resolution jpeg to jmorris@bayareanewsgroup.com. Courtesy of Doug Sheaffer ( Doug Sheaffer )

DEAR LUCY: There most certainly are laws about shooting wild turkeys, and none of them are good for your neighbor.

If someone is going to kill wild turkeys, they need a permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The state does permit hunting wild turkeys, but the hunting season doesn't start until Nov. 10. You need a hunting license, and there's a limit of one bird.

Even if your neighbor has a permit for trapping turkeys, there are laws about discharging firearms within city limits. I don't know if you live in an unincorporated area, which may not have restrictions, but it's still not a good idea to be using a gun where someone, besides the turkeys, could get injured.

I also suspect your neighbor was using something more powerful than a BB gun. A wild turkey can grow to be as much as 20 pounds. A BB would likely bounce off.

Report the dead turkeys and the big live one with the gun to Fish and Wildlife at 888-334-2258.

DEAR JOAN: I've been watching some ravens. It looked like they were burying acorns. I know they are intelligent birds, but why would they do this?

Scott Wheeler

Pleasant Hill

DEAR SCOTT: Ravens and crows are scary smart. The ravens you saw indeed were burying acorns to eat during the winter, when food might not be as easy to find.

Apparently they can remember where they've stored every one. Impressive -- I can't even recall where I put my car keys.

Fashion show

The Peninsula Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is willing to sell you the shirts -- and dresses -- off its back to raise money for the animals.

"Secondhand Chic," a fashion show, high tea and silent auction, is set for 2-4 p.m. Oct. 20. Models will wear fashions from the group's secondhand store, Pick of the Litter, and the outfits will be on sale after the show.

The fashion show also will include adoptable pets strutting down the runway. Before the show, guests can bid on dozens of secondhand treasures from the store, including designer handbags and scarves, Tiffany vases, jewelry and figurines.

Tickets are $35 each, and the price includes the meal and a teacup to take home. All proceeds benefit the group's Hope Program. For more info, email bprobst@phs-spca.org or call 650-340-7022, ext. 328. Tickets can also be purchased at www.phs-spca.org. Seating is very limited.

The Center for Compassion, home to PHS/SPCA's new adoption center, is at 1450 Rollins Road in San Mateo.

Contact Joan Morris at jmorris@bayareanewsgroup.com.