Feeding wild turkeys can bring problems home to roost. Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) are classified as an upland game bird in California. Adult wild turkeys can weigh up to 20 pounds. Many people enjoy turkey sightings, and some people cannot resist feeding them. That’s when trouble begins.
Increased human presence and access to non-natural food sources can alter a wild turkey's natural behaviors, diet, and foraging habits. One or two visiting turkeys can soon become a large group (called a rafter) of permanent residents seeking food - with little or no fear of humans. They can damage landscaping or vehicles, and leave droppings on patios or decks. Learn more!