Will 2022 be the year that Thanksgiving is canceled? We’ve already heard there may be a cranberry shortage coming out of Massachusetts. Now, it would appear that the turkeys in New England are revolting.
CBS News Boston reports that a flock of aggressive turkeys has been terrorizing the residents of an otherwise quiet neighborhood in Woburn, Massachusetts. The pugnacious poultry go so far as to chase cars down the street and trap frightened drivers inside their vehicles.
This has been going on so long that the neighbors have named the turkeys. There’s Esther, Gladys, and Patricia, but the worst of them all is Kevin. Woburn resident Meaghan Tolson says, “Even if you are parked, Kevin will try to get in your car.” No one in the neighborhood is spared from the fierce fowl. The birds have even been known to go after kids on bikes and folks at the front doors of their homes.
It’s possible that the neighbors have no one to blame but themselves for their turkey troubles. David Scarpitti, turkey and upland game project leader with Mass Wildlife, says the problem may stem from residents feeding the birds. That could have the turkeys thinking that people are part of their flock, prompting the birds to assert their dominance. The turkeys could also be reacting to seeing their reflections in car doors.
Whatever the reason for the attacks, this doesn’t bode well for a happy Thanksgiving in Woburn, Massachusetts. But who will pay the price? Are the Woburnians so turned off to turkey that they’ll opt for ham; or does this just motivate them to eat more turkey and perhaps send a message to Kevin? You can see exactly what these folks are dealing with below: