Wild turkeys, a nuisance for some, welcomed by woodlot owners
Re-introduced wild turkeys in the Ottawa area have been known to pester seniors in Barrhaven and cause traffic hazards, among other things, but woodlot owners say they're a welcome addition to the landscape.
Coleman said the large birds are sometimes wrongly accused of eating crops in the summer when they're actually in fields to feast on insects.
But he said they can cause damage to some crops, such as grapes and strawberries, eat buds in spring and cause traffic hazards, among other nuisances.
But on the positive side, Coleman said wild turkeys are delicious to eat, challenging to hunt, and generate economic benefits from the thousands of hunting licenses sold in the province each year.
"I'm pleased to see them here. It's nice to have them back," he said.
Gerry Lee, a woodlot owner, made special clearings on his property to attract wild turkeys.
"For me it's completing the picture from a biological point of view."
Francine Lord, another woodlot owner, had about 45 turkeys on her property this winter.
"I'm part of the family," she said. "They are lovely and I enjoy them very much."