Ashwaubenon's Smoke the Turkey taken to wildlife area

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ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) -- Ashwaubenon's world-famous Smoke the Turkey has been captured and re-located.

BrendaLynn says she took these photos from the windows of her office at Fay Dental Care. "He was quite a conversation piece for our patients while getting their dental work and he just loved our office Christmas tree," BrendaLynn says.

"This needed to be done,” Smokes neighbor Don Foncree. “It was a little bit overdue but he will be missed."

Ashwaubenon Public Safety says USDA Wildlife Biologists captured the turkey, known as the unofficial mayor of Ashwaubenon, on Friday morning.

"Smoke was captured humanely and was not injured," reads a statement from Capt. Jody Crocker.

The USDA worked with local DNR employees to re-locate Smoke to a wildlife area.

It will "allow him to live freely in the wild with other turkeys," Crocker says.

Officials did not release the name of the wildlife area.

Smoke has become a global phenomenon. He made national and international news this week after a video of him chasing a boy down a street was posted online. A driver had to cut Smoke off to get him to stop chasing the child.

“He was always hopping through the woods, checking things out or chasing people down the street sometimes,” Smoke’s friend David said.

Smoke started to gain attention earlier this year when the Facebook group "Smoke the Turkey - Mayor of Ashwaubenon" popped up. Facebook users would post about their encounters with Smoke, photos and videos.

Smoke riled some people up because he was known to chase cars and "direct traffic."

He evaded capture several times. He was hit by a vehicle on Thanksgiving but that didn't seem to phase him.

Smoke's notoriety even caught the attention of Stephen Colbert, who featured him during a segment on The Late Show.