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0 Comments | Nov 21, 2018

A Reminder About Turkeys

No Trespassing or HuntingAccording to the University of Illinois, 46 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving Day alone. If you’re one of those people, there are a couple of things you should know about this menacing bird.

First and foremost, if you’re planning on capturing your own dinner, make sure you’re not hunting on private land. If there are¬†No Trespassing Signs¬†posted, you should heed them and turn around. Depending on where you live, the penalty for trespassing can be extensive.

The second thing you should know is that turkeys are dangerous. Massachusetts’ state governed website has a whole page dedicated to preventing conflicts with turkeys. They’re not the only ones either. A quick search revealed that Sacramento and other major cities have preventative warnings for citizens that come into contact with wild turkeys.

Since they’ve become accustomed to contact with humans, wild turkeys are less likely to be afraid of people. In turn, this often leads to overly aggressive birds. To combat them, you can scare them by shooing them away with a broom, spraying them with water from a bottle, or keeping a dog close by.

The third thing you need to understand about wild turkeys is that feeding them only perpetuates the problems. Feeding them has been linked to increased aggression. The likely culprit is that they’re becoming desensitized to humans and becoming reliant on man-made food such as bird feed.

Lastly, it’s believed that turkeys respond aggressively to shiny objects like car windows, mirrors, and polished car doors. So if your car is anything other than filthy dirty, expect wild turkeys to flock to it.

 

 

Source:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/prevent-conflicts-with-turkeys

http://extension.illinois.edu/turkey/turkey_facts.cfm