Please Don't Feed the Turkeys!

The California Department of Fish and Game has some suggestions for coping if wild turkeys are invading your yard.

Are you charmed by El Cerrito's wild turkeys, or do you find them a nuisance?

In neighboring Abany, at least some residents see the growing numbers of turkeys as a problem. The City of Albany issued the following bulletin Friday:

"Wild turkeys within the City of Albany have been a draw to many within the community.

"Although quite a spectacle, we reccomend that caution be exercised when in the presence of wild animals, including the wild turkeys.

"Please do not feed or handle wild turkeys or other wild animals. This can endanger both the animal and the person(s) involved.

"For more information and tips regarding wild turkeys, please visit the California Department of Fish and Game: www.keepmewild.org."

Here are some of the DFG recommendations for dealing with wild turkeys around your home and in the neighborhood:

  • If turkeys begin feeding under hanging bird feeders, remove the feeders until the turkeys leave the area.
  • 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 may help steer it out of your path.
  • Depredation permits are required to kill wild turkeys that are causing property damage. To get a depredation permit, contact your local Department of Fish & Game office.

For more about wild turkeys in El Cerrito, see:

"Wild Turkeys of El Cerrito and Kensington — A Gregarious Flock"

"Turkeys Back in Spotlight — Don't Forget Your Umbrella"

"Wildfowl Get Wild on Navellier / Menacing Turkey Assails Our Correspondent"

How do you feel about El Cerrito's wild turkeys? Tell us in the comments section below.

Betty Nudelman February 11, 2013 at 04:24 PM
The turkeys are pests and dangerous to small animals and children...not to mention to motorists. The should NEVER be fed.
Denise Sangster February 11, 2013 at 05:26 PM
California Fish & Game 'seeded' wild turkey in the east bay hills and across the bay area in the 60s. This is not their native habitat. Now there is a very big problem with them and Fish & Game is not working to control the spreading population. Some are sick and leave harmful waste in neighborhoods. Others attract their predators that we don't want in our neighborhoods. This is a situation that should have never been allowed to occur. Where is Fish & Game? It is tasked to control this situation...
Borris Batanov February 11, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Turkeys are the least of EC's problems. EC Police log indicates that for the week of 2/1-2/7 there were 2 armed robberies, a bank robbery, 2 hit and run collisions (one vs. pedestrian), 4 residential burglaries, and 9 auto burglaries, 6 of them at EC Plaza, not to mention sundry DUI's and arrests made of those with outstanding warrants.
Denise Sangster February 11, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Borris is correct and it is very worrisome to see the uptick in burglaries, robberies, driving related accidents, etc. Turkeys are the sole responsibility of California Fish & Game. There is a neighbor with 40+ that roost in their tree from 4:30 pm to 4 am. The property is now smelly and the backyard cannot really be used because of the turkey mess, (i.e. turkey pop everywhere on their property)... The ONLY agency that can do anything about it is Fish & Game--who do nothing... The Dept of F&S made very bad decisions with the turkeys in the '60s and now we have to live this this growing over population...
bill February 11, 2013 at 07:17 PM
To maintain the turkey population, maybe we need to introduce mountain lions into the neighborhoods, they are coming in to town following the turkey and deer populations, anyway.
John Stashik February 12, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Shoot 'em.


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