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Officials warn of wild turkeys roaming Sacramento streets

November 3, 2012 |  8:01 am

In the Sacramento area, wild turkeys are again making their way onto city roadways, into neighborhoods and even backyards as temperatures cool and days get shorter.

While the large birds may seem harmless, they can cause problems, according to the California Department of Fish and Game.

Wildlife officials usually get a lot of complaints from homeowners about the wild turkeys. They urge people not to feed them.

If confronted by a wild turkey behaving aggressively, slowly back away, they advise. Turkeys often strut and gobble at people, but very rarely actually come into contact with them.

The birds weigh can up to 20 pounds.

The California wild turkey hunting season is from Nov. 10 to Dec. 9.

-- Fox 40

Photo: A wild turkey on the loose in Sacramento. Credit: Fox 40