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What do you do if you see a wild turkey?
What to do if there’s a wild turkey in your yard
- Don’t feed the turkeys, it may lead to aggressive behavior.
- Keep bird feeder areas clean and off the ground as the seed attracts turkeys.
- Scare or threaten an aggressive turkey by swatting it with a broom or spraying it with water.
How do I stop my turkey from attacking me?
Don’t hesitate to scare or threaten a bold, aggressive turkey with loud noises, swatting with a broom or water sprayed from a hose. A dog on a leash is also an effective deterrent. Turkeys that repeatedly challenge or attack people may ultimately have to be destroyed.
Why do turkeys get aggressive?
Turkeys “may attempt to dominate or attack people they view as subordinates.” This behavior is most common in the fall when young male birds start competing with elders of the flock, according to MassWildlife. If you’re cornered by a belligerent bird, it’s important to not let the turkey intimidate you.
Are wild turkeys aggressive to humans?
Wild turkeys that adapt to urban or suburban communities, especially young and mature males during the breeding season, can become quite aggressive towards people. Rarely do they cause serious damage, although they often will chase and harass children.
What to do if a turkey chases you?
Here are some tips on what you should do if you ever are attacked by a wild turkey.
- Don’t back away. Stand your ground and do not let the turkey intimidate you.
- Look big and threatening. Wave your arms, jacket, shirt or whatever else you have on you.
- Make a lot of noise.
- Charge the turkey.
- Don’t show fear.
Do turkeys bite you?
Turkeys follow a strict pecking order and are known to attack birds and even people they deem subordinate, especially during the spring mating season. People who have suffered turkey attacks recommend not looking the birds in the eye.
How do I get rid of wild turkeys in my yard?
Scare away problem turkeys It’s easy to scare turkeys away by making noises (try waving your arms and yelling or blowing a whistle), popping open an umbrella, throwing tennis balls, or dousing the turkey with water from a hose or squirt gun. A leashed dog may also be effective in scaring a turkey away.
Why are wild turkeys so aggressive?
During wild turkey breeding season especially, male turkeys are known to get aggressive with other animals ( or reflective surfaces ). Once a bird gets bold, it can be hard to reestablish your own dominance-which can eventually lead to animals growing violent enough that animal control has to step in.
What are the Predators of wild turkeys?
PREDATORS OF THE WILD TURKEY. The wild turkey faces a diverse array of predator species, and these predator species vary in their mode of search and capture. True predators or carnivores, actively search and kill living prey. These include bobcats, hawks, owls, eagles, and all snakes.
Should we feed wild turkeys?
To provide an adequate feeding area for wild turkeys: Opt for ground feeding areas or large, low platform feeders that can accommodate these large birds and the flocks they forage in. Provide cracked corn, millet, milo, wheat or other seeds and grains.
Will wild turkeys attack humans?
The turkey attacks seem to be a result of turkeys coming into suburbia (the wild turkeys of the farmlands and the forests know quite well to fear the fell hand of humankind). For all their fine qualities, turkeys (like humans) are territorial creatures.