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First they went after a bobcat...

 

 

Now they're after people:

 

‘They go to attack you.’ Aggressive gaggle of wild turkeys terrorize 55-and-up community

 

Wild turkeys are running amok at an over-55 community in Ocean County.

 

Residents say turkeys in a large flock are blocking their doorways, pecking at cars and behaving aggressively.

 

"I can't get out of my door," says one resident. "Sometimes I can't get out of my car. They go to attack you."

 

Just in time for Thanksgiving, an aggressive gaggle of 40 to 60 wild turkeys is terrorizing the community in the Holiday City section of town.

 

Residents say that shooing the birds away doesn't help, and that they actually bite. Some say that the turkeys have even broken windows in people's houses.

 

Meanwhile, Toms River says its animal control officers are powerless to stop the turkeys because they are not licensed to trap wildlife.

 

 

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New Jersey announces plan to address Toms River wild turkeys

 

New Jersey has announced a plan to remove some of the aggressive wild turkeys that have been wreaking havoc in one of its communities.

 

The state Department of Environmental Protection will trap flocks of turkeys from Toms River and relocate them to an unspecified location, the agency said in a statement.

 

The move comes amid furor from town residents — including ex-Mets players Todd Frazier — over the rouge gobblers.

 

The third baseman on Sunday shared a photo to his Twitter account of the birds standing on top of his car. A day earlier he called the Turkey infestation “a big problem here.”

 

“They have come close to harming my family and friends, ruined my cars, trashed my yard and much more,” he tweeted.

 

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NIMBY turkey menaces visitors at Oakland rose garden

 

Gerald the turkey is not practicing social distancing.

 

The male turkey, who has taken up residence at a public park in the Grand Lake neighborhood of Oakland, has been aggressively approaching visitors, disrupting their picnics and frightening children.

 

There have been reports of the tom pecking, clawing and stealing food. One victim said spending time with Gerald was like spending time with the dinosaurs in the “Jurassic Park” movies. Another victim got chased into the restroom.

 

“It was traumatic,” said Jeanne Silver, 76, a retired Oakland church administrator out for an afternoon walk the other day. “All of a sudden it attacked me. It happened so fast. He got me with his talons and his wings.

 

“I didn’t know turkeys did things like that.”

 

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