DEALING WITH WILD TURKEYS

Here are suggestions to keep wild turkeys from taking over your yard and creating problems.

  • Don't feed turkeys. Clean up bird feeder spills on the ground to avoid attracting turkeys.

  • If turkeys begin feeding under a hanging feeder, remove it until the turkeys leave the area.

  • Having a dog in your yard usually keeps turkeys away.

  • If a wild turkey comes in or near your yard, don't be intimidated. Harass them by squirting them with water or waving an umbrella. If you appear scared, a turkey will read your body language.

  • Motion-activated sprinklers can discourage turkeys, which like to scratch in dry soil.

  • It takes a village to keep wild turkeys away. Talk to your neighbors about unified action. Your efforts to deter turkeys may be futile if your neighbors welcome them.

  • Homeowners with yard or property damage from wild turkeys can apply for state depredation permits to kill them. Contact your local state Department of Fish and Game office for information.

    Sources: California Department of Fish and Game, National Wild Turkey Federation



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