Wild turkeys are being observed more frequently in our neighbourhoods. They were once extinct in Ontario but were re-introduced in 1984. Now, Ontario has a thriving wild turkey population.
Wild turkeys can weigh anywhere from 7 to 30 pounds and can run up to 19 km/h. They can also fly, avoiding predators, such as coyotes and people, as well as up onto trees at night to roost.
Avoiding wild turkeys
Wild turkeys are normally shy birds that tend to avoid human activity. However, they can become a nuisance when they become reliant on people for food. In some cases, they can chase people expecting to be fed.
To avoid encountering wild turkeys, do not feed wild animals. Doing so will cause them to lose their natural fear of people, and they will begin to approach and act aggressively towards people.
If you encounter a wild turkey
- Don’t run away
- Make yourself look big
- Keep your pets on a leash