Turkeys are a cherished symbol at the holidays, but in the northern Utah city of Mendon, they're just a pest.
Residents report finding dozens of the birds in their yards, damaging grass and dropping waste.
Mendon Mayor Ed Buist says the turkeys end up causing property damage, but there's not much he can do to protect his residents.
Only the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources can trap the hundreds of wild turkeys or issue hunting permits to thin their numbers.
Division of Wildlife Resources Conservation Outreach Manager for the Northern Region Phil Douglas says the problem is much bigger than Mendon. Wild turkeys can be found throughout Cache County and beyond.