Andrew Mayflower wrote:Couple ways it can go. You can try to politely talk to the neighbor. If they saw a turkey just show up they might be wondering who's it is and be happy to return it. And if they did jack it from your mom's yard they might be suitably embarrassed to be asked for it back to not fight over it, especially if you start off with the assumption that it wasn't straight up theft.
If they're unwilling to talk about it, or peaceably hand it over, you have a couple options. One is to just let it go. Getting into a feud with a neighbor is sometimes not worth it. E.g. the Hatfield and McCoy feud started over an allegedly stolen pig. Granted that is an extreme case, but even petty "revenge" can spiral into costly lawsuits. I dislike drama, and would do quite a bit to minimize the amount of drama over something like this. However, if you have credible information that this neighbor has engaged in animal theft as a pattern of behavior then you may want to push the issue to get it to stop. In that case filing a theft report may be required to get anything to happen.
I would recommend that you help your mom install game trail cameras or something equivalent to that if you think this neighbor is stealing birds. Keep them reasonably hidden so the neighbor doesn't notice them, and if you get a photo of them purloining poultry then you have a strong case and can get them arrested if it comes down to that.