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Wild turkeys are terrorizing a Florida neighborhood, and the law is on their side

Wild turkeys are terrorizing a Seminole County, Florida neighborhood, residents say. The fowl chase children and peck at cars, according to neighbors.
Wild turkeys are terrorizing a Seminole County, Florida neighborhood, residents say. The fowl chase children and peck at cars, according to neighbors.

A sort of post-Thanksgiving uprising seems to be plaguing a central Florida neighborhood as turkeys chase kids and damage cars with their foul pecking.

“They just came up and circled around us,” Avri Justice told Orlando’s WKMG News6.

Neighbors said the wild turkeys charge at children and peck at cars. The furious fowl that showed up out of nowhere a few weeks ago have this quiet Seminole County community at wit’s end.

“Everybody who is outside or drives their car through the neighborhood has been stopped by the turkeys,” Wingfield Reserve neighbor Katie Justice, Avri’s mom, told the station. “We’ve had bears, all kinds of wildlife, deer all the time, but turkeys are not anything I ever could’ve imagined that we would have a problem with. … They’re mean and aggressive.”

Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission plan to visit the neighborhood soon to check out the terrorizing turkeys. But they add that turkeys are not considered nuisance wildlife under the nuisance wildlife rule, WFTV ABC9 reports. Turkeys are game species, so the birds are protected and can’t be taken outside of designated legal hunting seasons — which begins in March. And even then you need a hunting license before you start picking them off.

In the meantime, the Commission offers advice: Don’t feed the turkeys and if confronted by an aggressive one “raise your voice” or squirt water at them to frighten them off.

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