WATCH: Ticked Off Turkeys Are Attacking Delivery Drivers in One Wisconsin Town
Seeing wild turkeys roaming around the open field behind the building is a common occurrence here at Q98.5. In fact yesterday, one turkey was playing peek-a-boo with me outside my office window...
I've had to wait to leave the parking lot or drive through the neighborhood thanks to our slow turkey friends, but at this point, I have never experienced anything like what delivery drivers in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin are dealing with on a daily basis. Check out this video I found on WISN 12 News in Milwaukee's Facebook...
It's not just Amazon Prime drivers that the turkeys are gunning for in Wauwatosa's Glenview Heights neighborhood, it's everyone and everything they come in contact with, apparently. According to WISN's article;
People in the Glenview Heights neighborhood say at night, the birds will often roost in a tree, but during the day, they're invading the backyards and streets, and for some reason, often launching aggressive attacks toward delivery drivers and their vehicles.
The turkey attacks are getting so bad that USPS carriers say they have resorted to carrying sticks and umbrellas to scare the birds away. Thankfully no one has been physically attacked or injured by the turkeys yet, but their pecking at vehicles and tires is bound to cause some damage soon.
How to Prevent Turkey Attacks
I went on a search for ways to prevent attacks and aggressive turkey behavior and came across an article from mass.gov that says the most important thing you can do is reduce or eliminate reflective objects and shiny surfaces where turkeys can see their reflection, (hence their hatred for delivery vehicles). If you do encounter an aggressive turkey, experts say to shout loudly and wave objects or spray hoses at them, this will usually force them to retreat quickly. Most importantly, DO NOT feed them, because a source of food will serve as an invitation to make themselves at home.