Wauwatosa removes just a few aggressive birds from its wild turkey flock | WUWM 89.7 FM

Wild turkeys are thriving in Wisconsin, together with in city and suburban settings.

A couple of months in the past, WUWM reported on the turkeys who name Wauwatosa dwelling. They often cease site visitors or run after a resident’s canine.

READ: Wild Turkeys Thriving In Wisconsin, Including In Urban Neighborhoods

Lately, a small group of turkeys grew to become aggressive towards people. The Wauwatosa well being division reached out to the state Department of Natural Resources for assist. Wildlife biologist Nathan Holoubek says the DNR gave Wauwatosa permission to take away as much as six drawback turkeys.

The town eliminated three. “One particular person ‘Tom’ was being very aggressive; attacked somebody that was strolling down the road however it was a part of a bunch of about six that had been all exhibiting comparable habits however one, particularly, that was fairly extreme,” Holoubek explains.

Holoubek says the DNR allow signaled Wauwatosa’s means to take away turkeys. “They discovered a 3rd social gathering that was in a position to exit and internet the turkeys to take away them, they usually had been then donated to a meals pantry,” he says.

This was a measure of final resort, Holoubek says. “Our first step is at all times to attempt to alter the habits with out removing. So, eradicating meals sources which might be attracting them, utilizing totally different mechanisms to attempt to break up the flock and get them to depart areas they’re inflicting issues. Typically eradicating synthetic meals sources is the simplest approach to get them to disperse and to not trigger battle anymore.”

Holoubek urges folks to not feed wild turkeys or some other wildlife anytime — besides songbirds.

“Songbirds is ok however do not put out piles of corn. That type of factor will appeal to a big group of turkeys in as a result of after they get actually concentrated, [it] is after they begin inflicting issues. And when they’re fed instantly by folks, it is usually after they begin to lose their concern of individuals. [Then they] see folks as a meals supply after which usually tend to turn out to be aggressive,” he explains. “Which goes to be hazardous for folks and in the long run, detrimental to the person turkeys themselves.”

Holoubek doesn’t know what number of turkeys stay in Wauwatosa, however says the inhabitants as an entire won’t be impacted by the removing of some. “It’s not going to affect the dynamics of the flock, aside from to take away the [turkeys] which have that aggressive habits and make it possible for that habits doesn’t propagate, however there gained’t be any detrimental impacts to the flock.”

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