Let’s Talk Turkey!

April 23, 2024

I subscribe to the Mass Wildlife Bulletin looking for things that should be of interest to Bedford. In the past, we’ve written about why we see more coyotes and foxes around Valentines Day, that’s amore! Then we wrote about not getting skunked.  

The latest bulletin is all about turkeys. There is no official census about how many turkeys live in Bedford, but it seems there are millions, maybe not millions, but there are a lot. They’re everywhere!

Get ready for more it’s mating season for turkeys from March through May. As we learned from previous mating articles, when wildlife is looking for love, it’s best to get out of their way.  

Male turkeys like to “Strut Their Stuff,” literally. Beyond showing off their dance, they can display aggressive behaviors towards people — especially in areas where they are being fed. Removing bird feeders and other sources of food is the best way to prevent conflicts with turkeys. Also keep your pets on leashes and away from the birds to avoid any mishaps.

More from Massachusetts Wildlife:
Turkey troubles: How to minimize aggressive turkey encounters this spring

It’s wild turkey breeding season! Image: https://www.mass.gov/news/turkey-troubles-how-to-minimize-aggressive-turkey-encounters-this-spring
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