City public health director Donn Dierks is leading the effort to reduce the turkey population within the city limits.
“In the last several years, our wild turkey population has pretty much exploded,” Dierks says. “We’ve got a large number of turkeys that are becoming a nuisance within the city limits of Council Bluffs.” The turkeys leave behind a mess in resident’s yards, driveways and sidewalks.
“They also are low-flying, so when your car comes across one, we’ve had several broken windshields where the turkeys have hit those,” Dierks says.
The turkey hunting season would be similar to the city’s urban deer management program which has been in place eight years. It would apply only to female turkeys. Bowhunters who would like to participate would need to take a proficiency test.
“They have to pass that proficiency test as well as an online bowhunting class that the (Iowa) DNR offers,” Dierks said.
A formal plan for the urban turkey management program will likely be presented to the Council Bluffs City Council later this month, according to Dierks. He believes Council Bluffs would be the first Iowa city to enact such a season.
“They’re becoming more domesticated so they’re not afraid of you,” he says, “I’ve got a turkey in my yard almost every day.”