Do turkeys harm people or property?
Given their diet of various nuts, seeds, vegetation, and insects, wild turkeys are frequently found in crop fields. Since they are active during daylight hours, whereas other foragers, like deer, raccoons, squirrels, and blackbirds, feed mostly at night, wild turkeys are often wrongfully blamed for crop damage. Typically, their presence on farms is beneficial because they eat harmful insects and weed seeds.
Pen-raised turkeys cause the bulk of problems for other poultry and humans. Turkeys raised in captivity and then released into the wild can carry diseases that wild turkeys and other poultry aren't equipped to fight off. They are also acclimated to human interaction and may become aggressive, chasing adults, children, and household pets. Finally, both pen-reared and wild turkeys may cause traffic issues by standing, walking, or pacing on busy roads and highways.