The presence of Wild Turkeys in Brandon has been a hot topic in recent years, with folks in the South End of the city in particular expressing varying levels of concern about sharing an urban environment with large numbers of the birds.
Most recently in a discussion thread started two weeks ago by member delpmb concerns were shared relating to safety with speculation from other members pinpointing the current turkey population at 30+ across as many as three separate flocks.
The topic was raised a few days later at an April 1 city council meeting in an enquiry by the councillor for the most effected area and as reported by the Brandon Sun the City Manager agreed to look into the matter further.
Now a response to that enquiry from Animal Control and Brandon Police Service brings more clarity to the topic, where responsibility lies and what options a citizen might have in helping any concerns they might have be addressed. In the response attributed to Police Chief Wayne Balcaen via Animal Control it’s said with Wild Turkeys being considered a Game Bird the matter falls under the authority of Manitoba Sustainable Development. Manitoba Conservation does trap and relocate during the winter months, however that action sounds like its primarily complaint-driven and concerns received in volume/nature were not justification for it in either of the past two winters. Animal Control will work with Conservation in managing, but won't be taking any offensive action.
It’s said that if anyone wishes to follow up on a specific concern they have about turkeys in their neighbourhood the number to call for Manitoba Conservation is 204-726-6450.