Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Mail Carriers Hounded by Turkeys

Postal workers in Madison, Wisconsin can brave the elements and face the dogs, it's the turkeys that are getting them ruffled!

The area reports that 5-10 wild turkeys have been pestering mail carriers, pecking them with their beaks, even scratching them. One flew into a mail truck and attacked the driver.

The mailmen armed themselves with water pistols, which worked for a while, but the birds grew accustomed to it, so they began carrying long sticks and appealed to the regional wildlife conservatory. Experts note the aggressive behavior is tied to the birds' breeding season and theorize the turkeys may be attracted to the red, white, and blue colors of the workers' uniforms and trucks.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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