Wild Turkeys: Is This a Pest?

Have you seen wild turkeys wandering through your neighborhood? These American birds were once on the verge of extinction but now can be found foraging for food in urban and suburban neighborhoods. Some people enjoy the sight of a flock of wild turkeys strutting by their house. However, others may consider wild turkeys pests because of the droppings they leave behind, blocking traffic, destructive foraging, or aggressive behavior.

Whether you're a turkey fan or not, you can find out more in the brand new Pest Notes: Wild Turkeys. Author Greg Giusti, a UC Cooperative Extension emeritus advisor, details their biology and behavior, their impacts, and ways to manage wild turkey problems on your property.