Wild turkey terrorizes neighbors in Minnesota

Neighbors at a Coon Rapids mobile home park fighting a bird. They say a lone turkey showed up in their garden around Thanksgiving in 2021 and hasn’t left since, becoming more aggressive as the months go by. “This turkey has literally taken over our lives,” said Coon Rapids resident Rachel Gross. She lives in fear of going out, thanks to her neighbour, the wild turkey, who seems to take a liking to her property. “This turkey attacks me every day. It follows me, climbs stairs, tries to get into my car, and when I leave in my car, it follows my car,” she said. Wild turkeys have attacked people, pecked at tires and chased cars. Emily Ahlsten worried about children, she said. Living in the Motorhome Park.” My 1-year-old little boy has just moved in with us and I’m even dreading taking her outside especially when the weather gets warmer. “We don’t have people, we can’t have a barbecue,” Ahlsten said. I have to go out and help them. Now they are smart and carry sticks,” Gross said. Gross says they reached out to the Department of Natural Resources who gave them suggestions including removing bird feeders or chopping off branches where turkeys nest. They take down their bird feeders, and some still keep them inside the yard. According to the Department of Natural Resources’ website, “The best defense against aggressive or persistent turkeys is to prevent the birds from becoming habituated in the first place by being bold to them. Everyone in the neighborhood should do the same; It will be ineffective if you do it on your own property only. Every turkey should view all humans as dominant in the pecking order and respond to them as superiors, not subjects. Familiar turkeys may attempt to dominate or attack people the birds see as subordinates. “This is not safe for anyone including turkeys, so I would just move him to a place where he can be with other turkeys and not be a nuisance to people or might hurt someone,” Ahlsten said. When moving wild turkeys, the DNR says Catching and moving “troublesome” turkeys is not an option. The methods used to hunt turkeys in remote areas are often impractical or ineffective in urban or suburban areas due to safety or disruption. Released turkeys may also continue their inappropriate actions as they are released or may move significant distances to other suburban locations.”

“This turkey has literally taken over our lives,” said Coon Rapids resident Rachel Gross.

Rachel Gross says she lives in fear of going out, thanks to her neighbor, a wild turkey, who seems to have taken a liking to her property.

“This turkey attacks me every single day. It follows me up stairs and tries to get into my house. When I leave in my car, it follows me,” she said.

Wild turkey has attacked people, clicked on tires and chased cars.

“I have to carry my broom, my water and my golf club wherever I go,” she said.

Emily Ahlsten is concerned about the children who live in the motorhome park.

“My little one year old has just moved in with us and I am even afraid to take her outside especially when the weather gets warmer

“As if we can’t be done with people, we can’t have a barbecue,” Ahlsten said.

Children who go to the bus stop in the morning, I have to go out and help them. But now they are smart and carry sticks.”

Ahlsten and Gross say they reached out to the Department of Natural Resources, who offered suggestions including removing bird feeders or chopping down branches where turkeys nest. While they take down their bird feeders, others still keep them inside the mobile home garden.

According to the Department of Natural Resources website,

“The best defense against aggressive or persistent turkeys is to prevent the birds from becoming habituated in the first place by grappling with them. Everyone in the neighborhood should do the same; it would be ineffective if you did it only on your property. And every turkey should All humans may be seen as dominant in the pecking order and respond to them as heads rather than subjects. Familiar turkeys may attempt to dominate or attack people the birds consider subordinates.”

“It’s not safe for anyone including turkeys, so I’d just like it to be moved somewhere it can be with other turkeys and not be a nuisance to people or potentially hurt someone,” Ahlsten said.

When repopulating wild turkeys, the DNR says, “trapping and relocating ‘nuisance’ turkeys is not an option. The methods used to trap turkeys in remote areas are often impractical or ineffective in urban or suburban areas due to safety or disturbance.” They continue. their inconvenient business where they are released or they may travel great distances to other suburban locations.”

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