A police chase through backyards in Brookline, Massachusetts, netted a Tom turkey on Tuesday that is believed to be one of a trio that has been terrorising residents and mailmen in recent months. Armed with nets, police responded to the Aspinwall Hill neighbourhood shortly after 6am after a woman reported she was attacked by a turkey. The neighbourhood is where the turkeys have attacked children on their way to school, and forced some mailmen inside homes on their routes.
Angry turkeys have
tried to peck through a storm door window and one neighbour said he has had to
fend off the birds with an umbrella during a siege that he labelled “a
nightmare.” The captured turkey was taken to Tufts University veterinary school in
Grafton where it had to be euthanized due to a broken wing suffered in the
capture, police said.
Though two of the birds are still at large, wildlife experts and police are
hopeful that removing one of the trio would cause the others to mellow out –
defusing the gang mentality that has existed in the neighbourhood. Brookline Police Sergeant Bobby Murphy said officers headed to Tappan Street
Tuesday and set up a sort of police stakeout until two turkeys were spotted.
At first the birds got away, but about three hours later police chased down
one of the birds through multiple back yards before finally netting the bird to
the rear of a home along Tappan Street. The second bird got away. “They are hard to catch,” said Murphy.
Murphy said police are hoping the other two troublesome Tom turkeys will now be less aggressive. But if not, he said police will be back to catch them, as well.