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Don’t Feed the Turkeys, Says DNR

Posted: Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 6:23 am
Author: KCII News - Brad Gaspelin

The DNR is asking people to not feed wild turkeys. The statement comes after a flock of turkeys took up residence in Clear Lake due to being fed by the towns residents. Bill Ohde with the DNR Office in Brighton says turkeys aren’t dangerous; they just shouldn’t be fed because they will get used to humans and lose their natural instincts. He says it very uncommon for turkeys to get habituated to people in southeast Iowa. He says most of the time they just run away when a person gets close. He tells us that turkeys in southeast Iowa have plenty of food during the winter, so they usually don’t get close enough to people to be fed. He says if a turkey doesn’t run away when you get close, just try to keep your distance and don’t interact with it.