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Help deter wild turkeys in your neighborhood; remove food sources

While hunters love to see wild turkeys in the spring, the birds are a less welcome sight in some residential communities. Found throughout most of the state and even in some suburban areas, turkeys are drawn to birdseed—bird feeders and agricultural fields often attract wild turkeys, so use care when feeding songbirds.

Turkeys that grow comfortable in a suburban setting may become aggressive. Male turkeys, especially, can be aggressive during breeding season and may peck at their reflections in shiny car paint, sliding doors and windows.

So, what can you do? Start by removing all food sources that can attract wild turkeys. Cover or park vehicles inside, where possible, and use gentle hazing techniques to deter turkeys. Start by making loud noises and waving to frighten the turkeys. You also can open and close an umbrella while walking toward a turkey to scare it away.

With a little effort, all Michigan residents can share the responsibility for reducing potential wildlife conflicts in our communities. Get tips and information at Michigan.gov/Wildlife.

Questions? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453.

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