Iowa officials urge people not to feed wild turkeys

February 28, 2012 at 10:18 AM

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — State environmental officials are asking people not to feed a roving flock of wild turkeys in Clear Lake because they could get used to handouts.

The Globe Gazette in Mason City ( ) says the dozen or so turkeys have been spotted in various spots around town recently.

The Department of Natural Resources asks residents not to feed them. Wildlife biologist Greg Hanson says males in the springtime get aggressive, and will threaten people while protecting the hens.

Hanson says turkeys should not be allowed to get used to humans. He says residents who find the turkeys on their property should chase them away.


Information from: Globe Gazette,

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