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Postal workers attacked by wild turkeys!!

They know opening day is near :lol: :lol:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Rather than rain or snow, or even dogs, postal workers in a West Side neighborhood near Owen Conservation Park are being pestered by wild turkeys this spring. Mara Wilhite, manager of the Hilldale Station Post Office, said she expected to deal with all manner of issues when she went to work for the U.S. Post Office. But that was not one of them.

"Just when you thought you'd heard it all," she said.

About five to 10 of the birds have been pecking at the postal workers as they make their rounds, and some of the birds have attacked the letter carriers with the sharp spurs on their legs. One of the birds went through the open door of a mail truck and scratched the driver.

Wilhite sought help in the matter from Eric Lobner, regional wildlife program supervisor for the state Department of Natural Resources.

Lobner said the behavior is clearly tied to the breeding season, which started recently and runs through about mid-May.

Color plays an important role in turkey breeding, he said, with the color of the male's head during mating season changes from gaudy blue to white to red. Lobner speculated that perhaps the turkeys are attracted to the red, white and blue postal trucks.

Postal workers were armed with water pistols. But Lober said that, while the squirts of water worked for a while, the turkeys now seem accustomed to it.

Some workers have been using long sticks to fend off the birds, he said, adding that he will meet with Wilhite next week to discuss other possible solutions.

Part of the problem, Lobner said, is that residents around Owen Conservation Park around the Parkwood Hills neighborhood may be feeding the turkeys, which makes the birds less afraid of humans. He said pamphlets have been circulated in the neighborhood to discourage people from feeding the birds.

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:rofl: :rofl: around here those would be some dead ass turkeys.. I'm pretty sure my mail man has got a BPS and .45 with him in his Toyota.

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water guns? pssh, grow a pair and pack a 12 gauge and a tag, that'd make them turkeys pay! :biggrin:

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They need to tell the mail carriers to stroke the waddles of the turkeys, then they would turn from blue and white to red. And from then on the turkeys would love to see them coming. Some people just do not know how to help a poor turkey out...lmao.

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:rofl: That's hilarious.

I work right downtown and we had a turkey running around the courthouse, on April 1. I'm wondering if someone dumped it there as a joke.

And this was in this past Sunday's paper. :biggrin:

Feathers fly when K-9 cop confronts intruder
Posted by Theresa McClellan | The Grand Rapids Press April 05, 2008 20:54PM

Categories: Breaking News

HUDSONVILLE -- When Melissa Spoelma awakened to the sound of someone crashing through her double-paned front bedroom window, she hurriedly rounded up her three children, called police and fled the Riley Street home with the intruder still inside.

From the corner of her eye, she saw what she thought was blue jeans and boots.

But Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy Sarah Flick and 7-year-old police dog Okar, a German shepherd, quickly learned this was no normal intrusion.

Flick gave a warning for the suspect to surrender and released her dog into the home. Within 25 seconds, the officer heard the struggle.

"It was in another room. The door was closed. You could hear banging on the walls and the dog growling," Flick said.

Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy Sarah Flick and her dog, Okar, pose with Melissa Spoelma and her daughters, 8-months-old Alexis; Taylor, 4, left; and Olivia, 5. With her gun drawn, Flick kicked in the door where she saw the broken window, shattered glass covering an infant's crib and Okar with the mortally wounded intruder -- a turkey.

"I was able to ascertain it was not a suspect and called the dog off the turkey," Flick said.

"It's a funny story, but those tom turkeys have huge talons," she noted. "He doesn't know it's a turkey and that turkeys are not bad guys."

The excited 74-pound dog waited eagerly for Flick's next command, but the ordeal was over. Flick gave him an "atta boy," and Ottawa County Animal Control disposed of the mature turkey with 8-inch beard.

Hours later, Okar basked in the attention of the Spoelma's two young girls fawning over him.

Flick gave the children collector cards bearing a portrait of Flick and Okar, and the girls danced around the lawn showing off their cards as their mother made plans to secure the window.

Spoelma said she was startled by the 7:30 a.m. Saturday intrusion. As she rushed in to scoop up her infant daughter from the glass-strewn crib, she noticed what she thought was the clothing. Turns out, it was the turkey. Flick joked the turkey must have removed its camouflage.

Smartly, Spoelma didn't hang around to investigate as she gathered her children and fled in the family truck. She called 911, then she called her husband -- who of all things was up north getting ready for a turkey hunt when the season opens in coming weeks.

"She did the right thing," Flick said. "Her biggest priority was getting the children out of the house."

Now, why would a big tom turkey crash into her bedroom window?

"Two guesses," said Thomas Getty, zoology professor with the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta.

One theory is that the window reflected the sky, and when such birds are scared they can head for the clouds, Getty said.

"Another possibility is that male birds, when full of testosterone, attack anything that looks like a male bird," Getty said.

Flick and Okar weren't the only law enforcement to deal with wild turkeys this week. On Tuesday, some Grand Rapids Police officers had to corral a turkey that showed up downtown, then release it into the wild on Butterworth Street.
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