‘They chase us, try to pop tires, it's wild': Woburn residents terrorized by 'aggressive' turkeys

'The problem likely stems from residents feeding the birds,' says project leader with Mass Wildlife

‘They chase us, try to pop tires, it's wild': Woburn residents terrorized by 'aggressive' turkeys
A flock of turkeys has been terrorizing residents of Nashua and Tremont streets in Woburn (CBS and NBC Boston/video screenshot)
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WOBURN, MASSACHUSETTS: A neighborhood in Woburn, Massachusetts, is having problems with a flock of turkeys who are terrorizing the community. The aggressive turkeys are pecking away at locals, even chasing cars and trapping terrified residents inside their vehicles.

As per CBS report, the attacks are taking place near Nashua and Tremont streets. Narrating the trauma, Meaghan Tolson, a neighbor who has named the turkeys, said, "The most aggressive one is Kevin. Then there are three ladies because their coloring isn't so distinct. It's Esther, Gladys and Patricia. Even if you are parked, Kevin will try to get in your car." She further said, "You have to open your passenger side door and lure them over there, then make a clean break to the house." The report by CBS states that the turkeys hold people hostage by stalking them in their homes or cars and in fact, every individual has their way to escape their terror.

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Residents near Nashua and Tremont streets in the city of 40,000 people say no one is spared from them. April Drolette, one of the residents, told the daily, "They always go toward [my neighbor's] car, so she will refuse to leave her house if they are going toward her car. There have been times I'm trapped in my car, can't get out, and have to call family members. They usually bring an umbrella. It takes a team." While Devin Farren, another resident told NBC Boston, "I do have some crazy stories to tell! They're up at 6 am in my lawn and start chasing us, trying to pop the tires. It's wild!" Farren's older sister, Reese, described the horror by saying, "A turkey was literally right at my front door. I opened it and I was like, 'Oh my god,' and I'm slowly backing away from it. I was freaking out." "We were honking at them, and they don't care. They have some, like, serious personalities." said Reese's friend, Rachel Dabriel. 

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Problem stems from feeding them

David Scarpitti, turkey and upland game project leader with Mass Wildlife, told the daily that the problem likely stems from residents feeding the birds, which could convince the turkeys that humans are part of their flock — prompting them to assert their dominance. He said, "Turkey behavior starts to kick in where they become so habituated with people that they are not really seeing that distinction. It's all about how they respond to the turkeys. If you turn and run away, now you are subdominant. He just won that battle."

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