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Aggressive turkeys in Mansfield

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By Dana Griffin

Dgriffin@abc6.com

MANSFIELD, MA- A gang of wild turkeys are on the prowl in Mansfield, causing residents to think twice before leaving their homes.

"You see hot turkey on the table for Thanksgiving. Who can think a turkey can chase you down the street, or in the house," said Mary Gilbert.

About a week ago, Walter and Mary Gilbert's son was chased down the street by four wild turkeys. Police were called to help.

"It's kind of intimidating because you can't do nothing about it.  You got to try and chase them away. I used a cane outside," said Walter Gilbert.

Out of the four birds, two males are considered the aggressors. They would not let the Gilberts near their car.

"And meanwhile, the turkeys are chasing the police officer and he's trying to divert them with spray. We were in the car. He was in his police car and the turkeys chased him down the street," said Mary Gilbert.

Over the past few weeks, at least three turkey attacks have been reported; people claim the birds charge at them.

In November, the turkeys blocked people from entering the Rockland Federal Credit Union.

The Mansfield Animal Control Officer says the turkeys often see their reflections in cars, believing it's another turkey and that may prompt the behavior. Their beaks are not the biggest concern. It's their talons, which can cause injury.

If another incident is reported animal control will try to catch the birds and possibly have them euthanize.

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