Troublesome Turkeys Terrorize Traffic

One resident said a group of them attacked her car.

It appears turkeys really do become rather bold after surviving Thanksgiving.

Local resident Deborah Carusi was driving along Osgood Street Wednesday afternoon, going about her business, when she noticed a car about 100 feet in front of her trying to get around a couple of turkeys.

When Carusi stopped to let the turkeys drive by, they got tough and started attacking her car.

"I was speechless," Carusi said. "They went around to the back of my car then went in to the woods along the road. I stopped to see where they went as they kept coming out at cars."

Carusi called the and waited. When a police cruiser arrived, Carusi said a group of turkeys came back out to the road.

"So I waited and literally as soon as they saw the cruiser they came out of no where and charged it," Carusi said. "It was wild!"

But Police Lt. Charles Gray said these types of incidents are misunderstood and the turkeys are simply responding to reflection and light.

"What they'll do is, if they see a reflection, they'll try to peck at it," Gray said. He encounters turkeys frequently and said they tend to follow police cars into the road, and police use their rear lights to lure the birds off of the road. "We just get them off the roads and keep anything bad from happening."

North Andover has had an Police reports show calls about turkeys several times a week, with turkeys hanging out in roadways near Old Town Common and on Osgood Street. On Wednesday, there were turkeys hanging out in the road on Main Street, and Officer Eric Sewade went and lured them off the road. It is not known if these are the same turkeys that charged at Carusi's car.

If you are confronted by wild turkeys, either in their car or on foot, Gray advises you to move out of their way as safely as possible and move along.

"Its wildlife, and they're there," Gray said.

Ronald A. Smith January 05, 2012 at 06:41 PM
My daughter and I were at the corner of Dale and Winter Streets on December 26th, and saw 25 turkeys, in a line, walking toward Dale Street from the lawn of the farmhouse on that corner. We have photos to show them, marching along in almost single file. There may have been 26 of them....in the photo it is hard to accurately count. I have never seen so many wild turkeys at one time, in one place.
NADan January 05, 2012 at 07:17 PM
My kids love these turkey's antics! They see them every day when they pass by on their bus on the way to Saint Michael's. They have been named Tom and Louise in case anyone wanted to know!
Beth Daigle January 05, 2012 at 10:55 PM
These turkeys are a complete riot. I have seen them pecking away at innocent vehicles driving by and enjoy every minute of the chaos and confusion the ensues as they hold up traffic. They seem to communicate throughout the mayhem looking directly at each other as if to say, "What do these cars think they are doing on our turf." I admit to being disappointed when they aren't around on our afternoon drive home from school.
Liz Malone Gerron January 07, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I LOVE these turkeys. We need to catch them on video... I keep trying with my cell but no luck yet. I think they are a viral video in the making! Also, I think Patch should sponsor a name the turkeys contest.. my suggestion is "Bonnie and Clyde"


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