Residents of New Jersey have complained for years about the widespread presence of wild turkeys in the state’s residential areas, but little has been done to address the issue.
Residents of New Jersey may still be eating their Thanksgiving 2022 turkey leftovers, but a quick glance outside will warn them that wild turkeys are wreaking havoc in their neighborhoods.
Toms River wildlife has been quoted as saying, “they can’t relocate them,” according to an NJ.com report on ongoing wild turkey concerns in Holiday City.
Very little is being done to help locals out of their tough situations.
How New Jersey’s Wild Turkeys Came to Be
According to NJ.com, in 1977, New Jersey Fish & Wildlife (NJFW) released 22 wild turkeys into the wild in an effort to revive the state’s dwindling population.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection estimated that there were 23,000 wild turkeys in the state as of 2006, and that number is expected to decrease to around 21,000 by the year 2022.
New Jersey Fish & Wildlife is responsible for managing the number of wild turkeys in the state, therefore each year they decide how many hunting licenses to “harvest.” A total of 2,428 wild turkeys were taken by hunters in 2022, up from 2,327 in the previous year.
According to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection bird expert Jimmy Sloan, wild turkeys can be found in all 21 counties because they are “very adaptable birds that can thrive in many different settings.” According to (NJ.com),
One such species might be the wild turkeys that have been generating issues in Toms River.
Where “wild turkeys have been running rampant since 2019,” Jimmy Sloan has personally attended to nuisance complaints in the villages of Deptford, Sicklerville, and Holiday City.
Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Todd Frazier Struggling with Wild Turkey in 2019
According to a 2019 article published by NJ.com, former MLB star Todd Frazier complained publicly about the wild turkeys on his property, claiming that “his family was attacked by a couple of them a year ago.”
He posted a picture to Twitter of the flock of birds surrounding his car (seen in the photo tweeted below).
Wild turkeys, like the ones in this photo tweeted by Todd Frazier, would likely be a nuisance to most people.
New Jersey residents: “There’s Still a Problem” with Wild Turkeys
Wild turkeys continue to be an issue for people in New Jersey (particularly Toms River).
According to NJ.com, “the state removed some of the birds” since that 2019 issue, but “there’s still a problem at Holiday City in Toms River.”
This tweet (see below) was tweeted by CBS New York in 2019 after a case of wild turkeys taking over a homeowner’s yard in Ocean County, New Jersey.