Turkey Attacks Escalate in Boston Neighborhood
by Joel McDurmon on Nov 23, 2012
Complaints to Brookline Police about wild turkeys have doubled in the past two months.
“Some people going to work and they’ve been chased by turkeys,” said Brookline Animal Control Officer Pierre Verrier.
He spends nearly every morning trying to keep the animals away from students at Brookline High School.
“Sometimes I even take a tennis racket to try and shoo them out,” he said.
Verrier says there are basic things you can do to protect yourself. If you see a turkey, move to the other side of the street. Make noise or spray the turkey with water.
Whatever you do, don’t feed them or try to take a picture.
“There was a gentleman who took a picture with a flash and they flew right into his face.”
There are two turkey hunting seasons a year in Massachusetts. But in metropolitan areas, with firearm restrictions, that doesn’t help.
A frustrated Karen Halvorson is now working with Brookline town leaders to organize a meeting about the problem. Neighbors need guidance and an opportunity to vent, she said.
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- Turkey Complaints On The Rise In Brookline (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Wild turkeys overrun Massachusetts city (kmov.com)
- Turkeys, Sensing Weakness, Few Guns, Move to Take Over Brookline, MA (minx.cc)
- Wild Turkeys Overrun Brookline, Mass. (abcnews.go.com)