Revenge of the Turkeys [Darleen Click]
BROOKLINE (CBS) – Neighbors are on the offensive in Brookline after what some residents are describing as aggressive turkeys.
“They were attacking the vehicle,” Karen Halvorson said outside her home in the Aspinwall Hill neighborhood.
After getting in her truck, a neighbor came and ran the birds off but it didn’t stop there.
“Then, the turkeys came and started attacking my front door,” she said.
A second run-in came a few weeks ago as she walked nearby.
“I looked back and three of them charged me,” she explained.
She moved to the center of the street to avoid the animals, but it wasn’t enough.
“The turkey flew in my face and scratched my neck,” she said. [...]
Complaints to Brookline Police about wild turkeys have doubled in the past two months.
“Some people going to work and they’ve been chased by turkeys,” said Brookline Animal Control Officer Pierre Verrier.
He spends nearly every morning trying to keep the animals away from students at Brookline High School.
“Sometimes I even take a tennis racket to try and shoo them out,” he said. [...]
There are two turkey hunting seasons a year in Massachusetts. But in metropolitan areas, with firearm restrictions, that doesn’t help.
Now see, there’s the problem. If a swaggering group of turkeys started losing a few members to the dinner table, they might not be trying to bully school kids.
Hey! We just lost Bob! Cheese it, guys, back to the woods!
Happy Thanksgiving all! May any encounter you have today with Wild Turkeys be the kind you find in the bottom of a glass with a splash of branch water.