Wild turkeys chase police cruiser, harass residents

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WPRI) – Wild turkeys are becoming more of a nuisance in several communities as they increasingly harass and threaten residents.

Police in West Bridgewater, Mass. posted a video on their Twitter page showing a flock of wild turkeys chasing down a police cruiser.

Officials believe turkeys become more brazen when they become used to to humans, usually due to feeding.

When the birds are no longer threatened by humans or pets, they will often react to them as they would a rival turkey, with a show of aggression.

Experts say the best way to respond is to not back down or run away, rather to startle them with noise, movements, or even spraying them with water.

Employees at an orthodontist’s office in Cranston thought they were being robbed Monday when a turkey broke through a window and landed in their waiting room.