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Officials Warn of Mansfield's Foul Fowl Situation

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Have you been accosted by a turkey lately? It may seem like a ridiculous question, but not in Mansfield as of late. According to ABCNews.com, the situation has become such a problem that the community is now on high alert.

These turkeys aren't chicken, either: the "gang" of fowl has been cornering people leaving a local bank and blocking them from entering their cars. They even made a charge at a 6-foot-4, 240-pound Mansfield police officer. 

"They've stopped several people," Mansfield's Animal Control Officer Jeff Collins told ABCnews.com. "They’re 25 pounds each, standing in your way, which causes most people  to stop and hesitate. The turkeys take this as a signal that you’re afraid and then chase you.”

Collins added that four of the turkeys in the "rogue" gang are the problem children.

Though Mansfield residents would be thankful to see this fowl behavior end, the state's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has issued a guide for "Preventing Conflicts With Turkeys" in the interim. 

Check here for ABCNews.com's full report on the matter, including some turkey tips they've carved out from "Preventing Conflicts With Turkeys."


Tina Mqs February 06, 2014 at 06:52 PM
omg, I was just thinking that...tell everyone to hunker down in their cellars and call open season. Or have some words worked into the 12,365,388th page of some legislation, turkeys always obey without a second glance (in case they ever took a first glance to begin with).
Resident February 07, 2014 at 06:50 AM
One of our favorite past times at work was watching wild turkeys chase smokers around the parking lot. Don't the police have tasers?

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