City of Albany: 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.

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 Albany, see:

"Gallery: The Wild Turkeys of Albany"

"You Ask: Wild Turkeys Roaming, Who Ya Gonna Call?"

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

Winifred Owen February 10, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Why can't they round these turkeys up and return them to their habitat at the Gill Tract. They apparently became displaced from there with all the ruckus created by the illegal trespassers a while back. (Real environmentally sensitive to have rousted these birds from their home, eh?) Turkeys don't belong roaming around the streets in an urban area, even a small town such as ours. Yes, it's rather of cool to be driving or walking along and encounter these beautiful birds. But I can't help but think they'd be much happier in their natural surroundings. Much safer too, I'd imagine.
bill February 10, 2013 at 07:17 PM
An emotionally/mentally impaired woman informed me that turkeys are an "endangered species". She also informed me that feral cats are endangered, and that's why she feeds them, drawing rats and raccoons and skunks into the neighborhood. Perhaps citations should be issued to people feeding animals that are not pets.
Tatter Salad February 10, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Sadly, as any police officer will tell you: "There's no laws against being stupid." You are quite correct Bill, that leaving food in the back yard (or any where) supports rats and racoons. So does the allowance of leaving fruit (from lemon, fig and apple trees) to collect in back yards. On the other hand, if you have been 'pleased' by the lack of snails in your yard, chances are you can thank the rats! In Vacaville, the developing abundance of 'Wild Turkeys' had the following sequence ontology: a) Ohhh, how cute! b) Yoww, one of our cats lost an eye c) One of our children was almost blinded by the 2" spike turkeys carry on the back of their leg d) Auto accident with the origination of a turkey flying-up, into the windshield. e) Damn! Legally we can't do a thing about these issues!
christopher papazoglow February 11, 2013 at 01:18 AM
We can't have turkeys running around free, now can we? Although Albany (especially around Albany Hill) was probably their natural habitat before we humans came along and decided where they may or may not be allowed,according to how they impact our possessions. I wonder how many of those wanting the turkeys "dealt with" are those pushing for more off-leash space for their dogs.
Moriah February 11, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Glad to see there are others not-so-enamored by the turkeys anymore. They greet me on my street every morning and evening, and leave their droppings all over ours sidewalks and lawns. Seeing a younger, smaller bunch of them around the corner recently was disheartening. I want the best for the turkeys and for the residents of our neighborhood; this situation seems to be far from from it.
Ross Stapleton-Gray February 11, 2013 at 03:20 AM
I don't believe that Albany was their pre-human natural habitat, as they're not native to the East Bay; the species of turkey you're seeing here was imported by the Department of the Interior in the 1960s from... Texas. (Take that, Rick Perry!)
JJMarieKK February 11, 2013 at 05:29 PM
I was curious about the Depredation permits mentioned and recently tried to find a form on the Fish and Game website. I could not find one. Does anyone know if people in the area are really getting these permits and how do they get them?
Dixie Jordan (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I believe these are handled through the DFG's regional offices. For the Bay-Delta region, that's Main Office, 7329 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 944-5500.
Dawn February 23, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Sorry, late to the party. I wanted to address the suggestion that we round them up and send them back to the Gill Tract. The turkeys have been wandering Albany since way before the Occupy folks were there. There are pictures on Patch to show that. The birds did return to the Gill Tract, as they do every year, and they stayed for a few months. But then they left again a few weeks ago. I don't imagine that they'll want to be there while all of this construction is going on.


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