FREMONT (KPIX) — Many Bay Area towns and cities seeing more wild turkeys than usual this year. In Fremont, one fed-up homeowner says a turkey attacked him.

In the past few years, the Warm Springs neighborhood in Fremont hasn’t been the same since a gang moved in.

Hershel Abelman owns an apartment building in the neighborhood.

“I can’t go after them unless I’m carrying a broom or some other show of force that will get them running out of here,” he says. “ And then they don’t run that far.”

Daniel Jaramillo says he usually says hello to them but one day he didn’t.

“And I don’t know if he got upset but he attacked me. He jumped on my back,” says Jaramillo. “The same turkey attacked the mailman, attacked my neighbor. The turkeys were nice in the beginning when they had little babies but now they’re getting aggressive.”

It’s happening in cities and towns all over the Bay Area. Wild turkeys have come down out of the hills and taken up residence in urban neighborhoods.

“They’re definitely comfortable. I don’t know if they’re getting fed around here or what but they’re definitely not afraid,” says Warm Springs resident Colin Stankus.

The Lindsay Wildlife Center often rescues large birds found in the urban interface. But just this morning, Assistant Manager Jenna Tidd was held up in traffic when a flock of wild turkeys decided to take a stroll through downtown Walnut Creek. Those who are familiar with the birds say this kind of bold behavior happens when people start feeding them.

“They’re going to be aggressive anywhere they’ve lost their fear, they’re being fed and they feel comfortable,” says Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager Amber Engel. “They are going to protect their territory.”

And they may even attack. Daniel got a deep gash from his run-in with the angry male. If that happens, experts advise you hold your ground, raise your arms to look bigger and make loud noises. And while it may seem unfair on the eve of Thanksgiving, they also say the worst thing you can do is feed them.

Comments (43)
  1. Doug Day says:

    Liberals are so stupid that when they feed wildlife, they don’t realize they are destroying “wildlife”.

  2. No need to buy turkeys for Thanksgiving.

    1. Grizz Mann says:

      There is a need for hunting seasons. Wild life management?

  3. OK, OK, start queing the lame jokes about liberals resembling turkeys.

  4. A “gang” of turkeys???? Are they MS-13 turkeys? Maybe there immigrants? What a pathetic article – but not unexpected from an MSM…

  5. Typical. The state imports and protects them because they are a “good idea”, then the take over the neighborhood and you can’t touch them because they are protected.

    BTW, they have a “spike” on their foot that will gash you, so your best bet is a neck shot with a carving knife.

    We had seven.. then six, five, four, three,… and I don’t know where the other two went but they got the idea.

  6. Walker Price says:

    Liberal men are so feminine and weak they can’t even defend themselves against wild turkeys.
    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  7. Baseball bat. Don’t brandish it. Make yourself look small, weak, scared. Swing at the last second to the head/neck. Get a big tom and deep fry it, best turkey meat ever.

  8. I blame it on bad parenting.Where are the role models?

  9. Seriously? You fools import turkeys because you “thought” it was a good idea, but didn’t research the ramifications?
    The country laughs at you AND your choice of politicians.

  10. Billy Pugh says:

    Sounds like the Wildlife agency needs to step in and escort them to the wild by visiting the roost at night, or the city should allow people to deal with then as if they were a nuisance.

  11. That’s why god made shotguns. GIT SOME!

  12. You shoot them and you eat them and freeze the ones you can’t eat now. End of the story.

  13. Society has reached its pinnacle of stupidity and liberalism when the average citizen either can’t deal with something as simple as turkeys, or is prohibited from doing so by his government.

  14. Sounds like a target-rich environment. Silly liberals.

  15. This is hilarious I hunt turkey they are very good to eat. Aggressive Tom’s can be dealt with by putting them on the dinner table.

  16. I prefer to drink my Wild Turkey.

  17. You Liberal city folk are really stupid. Where I live that’s called dinner.

  18. Dan Delgado says:

    The turkey’s leader made a disastrous misstep, when he looked the man in the eye and defiantly said “Eat me!”

  19. Anti-racists say there is a RACE problem that can only be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and “assimilates.”

    What if I said there was a RACE problem that could only be solved if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country? How long before people realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem, but the conclusion to the BLACK problem?

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  20. Vince Ward says:

    Actually, you CAN legally shoot them (sometimes). You need a state hunting license with an upland game bird stamp, and you have to do it in the seasons – a month around April and a month around November. You also have to be careful what you use to take them. Generally, you cannot discharge firearms in populated areas, but you can hunt with bows or with air guns (if they are powerful enough). It’s not much of a challenge to hunt them, but you need to make sure you know what you’re doing and don’t leave any wounded animals. The semi-wild ones are generally pretty good eating, at least if you breast them out – the rest goes for pet food or sausage because they can be pretty stringy. Eating them isn’t the point, though. If they feel pressure, they will go to another area and leave your landscaping alone.

  21. How funny – before i clicked on what state this is taking place i put California and East Coast on the top. 12 guage, unlimited season, and full freezers. Oh I forgot – the turkey doesn’t de-feather itself and jump right in – lack of guns and know how is going to hinder that basic solution.

  22. Vox Veritas says:

    “…the Warm Springs neighborhood in Fremont hasn’t been the same since a gang moved in.”

    Dat poultry beez gang-bangaz.

    Dat posse livin’ da thug life, bra’.

  23. SHOOT ‘EM! Wild Turkeys are delicious, especially fried….no wait…..this is the Bay Area……sorry….my bad.

  24. Bill Smith says:

    These are a native species. We have invaded their territory. We should not be surprised to see them. But the solution is… EAT THEM!!! THEY ARE DELICIOUS!!!

  25. Jim Padgett says:

    Sanctuary City -troubles of your own making.

  26. mconsultingllcnet says:

    They should be on some table in a homeless shelter

  27. Oh dear, not enough shotguns in this neighborhood. Not a problem here in Texas.

  28. Dryden Wonne says:

    They look like good eating. It’s time to invite one for dinner?

  29. So Liberals push dependency (welfare) by making people dependent. But suggesting NOT feeding wildlife because it makes THEM dependent… well how’s that for an oxymoron? so animals rank higher than people?

  30. The turkeys have come home to roost.