Turkey drops resumed this year at the Yellville Turkey Trot, but not from airplane turkey bombers. That practice raised the ire of animals lovers and prompted a $5,000 reward from PETA for information leading to identification of the pilot.

Two live turkeys were dropped from a second-story window in Yellville during the festival. One was chased down. Another flew up to a utility line and perched there for a good while. The Baxter Bulletin has all the details, including the general resentment among the crowd toward those on the anti-cruelty end of the turkey question. The animosity was good for T-shirt sales.

The airplane turkey drop hasn’t been done for several years, but event organizers complained that that’s what spectators come to see. They had a good crowd nonetheless.

SPEAKING OF ANIMALS: Anybody else react weirdly as I did to the lovingly told tale in the Sunday Democrat-Gazette of the brave crossbow sportsman who picked off a black bear attracted to a barrel he’d been stuffing for days with Krispy Kreme doughnuts? Shooting bears in a barrel, you might say.

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