Turkeys can be fun to watch and they help to keep pests like slugs, snails and cockroaches reduced. However, they can also tear up landscaping in search of food and pose a traffic hazard when crossing busy streets.
- Do not feed turkeys.
- If turkeys begin feeding under bird feeders, remove the feeders until the turkeys leave the area. This may take several days to weeks.
- If turkeys are causing problems in your yard, install motion-detecting sprinklers.
- Wild turkeys typically will not enter yards with dogs.
- If confronted by a wild turkey that has lost its fear of humans, an open umbrella or walking stick may help steer it out of your path. Turkeys rarely make agressive physical contact with humans. Be assertive and dominant. Let that turkey know you're in control.
- Avoid sudden stops or swerves when encountering turkeys in the roadway. If safe to do so, slow down to 10 mph and proceed. The turkeys will move out of the way.