THIS IS NOT A DRILL!
On @WFTV Run!! @MyFWC looking into how to address aggressive wild turkey issue in Longwood community. Birds are protected & fall into gray area on how & when it’s ok to remove #WFTV pic.twitter.com/Hi4EteWMgU— Angela Jacobs WFTV (@AngelaJacobsTV) January 24, 2018
Details courtesy of WFTV.com:
"They're mean, and it's just very unusual behavior that I didn't even know existed," resident Katie Justice said.
Wildlife experts told Eyewitness News that, around mating season, the territorial males are attracted to shiny surfaces. When a male turkey spots its own reflection on the side of the car, it thinks that it is seeing a competitor and it attacks.
FWC said that turkeys are not considered "nuisance wildlife" under the nuisance wildlife rule. They are game species so they cannot be taken outside of designated legal hunting seasons using legal methods with hunting licenses, etc.
Until hunting season begins in March, FWC told the trapper to advise people to make noises to scare the turkeys away.