Various town departments have received calls of sightings of wildlife (coyotes, wild turkeys, foxes, and deer). Reports have specifically noted wild turkeys behaving aggressively toward people. Learn the do's and don'ts of dealing with wild turkeys. It is especially important to share this information with students and caregivers as we approach the new school year.
Wild turkeys that become accustomed to human contact can cause damage and become aggressive. Turkeys may threaten people or simply be a nuisance. However, wild turkeys are protected under Massachusetts law. Several simple steps will help keep turkeys away from your neighborhood. In order to ensure success, no one should feed turkeys or other wildlife. Wild turkeys have a "pecking order" and people who act fearfully will be treated as subordinates. Being aggressive toward wild turkeys is not recommended by State wildlife officials.
If you are approached by a turkey:
Again, do not feed the turkeys:
Scare turkeys away by:
Protect your garden:
To report threatening wildlife, contact the Brookline Police Department at 617-730-2222.
For questions on exposure issues related to wildlife, contact the Inspector of Animals at 617-730-2306.
More information on wild turkeys is available at: www.mass.gov/masswildlife