A flock of troublesome turkeys is gobbling up a quiet New England neighborhood.
The aggressive birds have been pecking away at locals in Woburn, Massachusetts, even chasing automobiles down the road and trapping terrified residents inside their autos, in response to a report Monday by native CBS Information.
“Essentially the most aggressive one is Kevin,” mentioned resident Meaghan Tolson. “Then there are three women as a result of their coloring isn’t so distinct. It’s Esther, Gladys and Patricia. Even if you’re parked, Kevin will attempt to get in your automotive.
“You must open your passenger facet door and lure them over there, then make a clear break to the home,” Tolson mentioned.
Residents close to Nashua and Tremont streets within the metropolis of 40,000 folks say nobody is spared from the wrath of the combative turkeys, who’ve been identified to go after everybody from youngsters on bicycles to locals ducking behind their entrance doorways.
“There have been occasions once I’m trapped in my automotive and may’t get out and must name relations,” resident April Drolette advised the station. “They often carry an umbrella. It takes a workforce.”
David Scarpitti, turkey and upland sport undertaking chief with Mass Wildlife, advised CBS the issue probably stems from residents feeding the birds, which may persuade the turkeys that people are a part of their flock — prompting them to claim their dominance.
The birds may be reacting to seeing their reflections in automotive doorways, he mentioned.
“Turkey conduct begins to kick in the place they change into so habituated with people who they don’t seem to be actually seeing that distinction,” Scarpitti mentioned. “It’s all about how they reply to the turkeys. When you flip away, now you might be subdominant.
“He simply received that battle,” he added.