Sunday, April 12, 2009

Turkeys disrupt mail delivery

Mail carriers in Michigan are facing a new threat. Gangs of aggressive turkeys!

Carrier Jeremy Bogerd has been pecked in the leg. He says the tom turkeys are "super aggressive."

He said the 15- to 18-pound turkeys chase mail carriers around the neighborhood and gather at the doors of mail trucks that enter the area.

"As soon as they see us, they're after us," he told the Grand Haven Tribune. "They're not afraid of humans."

Grand Haven Postmaster Barb Kiehborth said the turkeys have chased four mail carriers. "I don't even know what to tell them to do," Kiehborth said.

Bogerd has been on the route for a decade and said he's watched the turkeys' numbers grow over the years. He said this is the first time they've chased him.

"They'll chase you as soon as they see the truck," he said. "I would rather get attacked by a dog sometimes than these turkeys."

My solution to handling the turkeys involves a roasting pan and a side of mashed potatoes, perhaps a shotgun. A fifteen pound turkey sounds delicious.

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