Photo by Becki Lynn from Kaukauna Community Facebook Group

KAUKAUNA — Aggressive turkeys have been chasing cars in the Kaukauna High School parking lot recently, but it’s not unexpected this time of year.

A Kaukauna Community Facebook group member posted photos Thursday of the menacing looking fowl chasing cars as they left the school parking lot. (CLICK FOR PHOTOS)

The post quickly acquired more than 600 reactions. Dozens of people in the comments have reported similar experiences.

Turkeys often act aggressively toward humans and pets during the spring mating season, according to the Wisconsin DNR.

Reintroduction efforts for Eastern Wild Turkey began in the 1970s in Wisconsin and have resulted in thriving turkey populations in Wisconsin.

However, the success of these efforts has led to an increase in human-turkey conflicts.

March through May is breeding season for wild turkeys and as a result, there is an increase in turkey activity, wildlife officials say.

Some turkeys may be seen acting aggressively by pecking, following, or exhibiting other intimidating behavior towards people.

Males will puff out their feathers, fan their tails, and “strut their stuff” while gobbling and making other vocalizations.

This behavior is common during the breeding season and other times of year when turkeys are establishing social dominance or status within the flock.


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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.