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Feathers Flying In Sactown Suburb After Postal Employee Fatally Bludgeons Aggressive, Menacing Turkey

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An issue over a postal employee killing a turkey that attacked supply employees has devoured up Sacramento Nextdoor, as a “drumstick gang” of untamed turkeys has had tensions marinating for months.

It’s well-known that raccoons, geese, and turkeys are among the largest assholes of the animal kingdom. And SFist readers will bear in mind the 2020 saga of the Oakland Rose Backyard’s Gerald the turkey, who divided the neighborhood between these sympathetic to animals, and those that assume sure animals needs to be snuffed if their assholery will get uncontrolled.

Sacramento Bee brings us one other wild story of an aggressive wild turkey, this time in  a Sacrament suburb known as Arden Arcade. A sure gaggle of turkeys had been particularly terrorizing “mail carriers, Amazon drivers and rubbish collectors,” although oddly, nobody else.  “I name them the drumstick gang.” Ared Arcade resident Trina Gebert instructed the Bee.

In October 2021, the California Division of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) circulated an inner doc known as “Aggressive Wild Turkeys in Sacramento – Repeated Aggression towards Postal Service Mail Carriers.” The Bee acquitted that doc and different emails in a Freedom of Info Act request, and it reported that the company “began receiving calls of aggressive turkeys that had been threatening and interfering with mail supply in October 2021.”

“By mid-October it was evident that the birds weren’t responding to regular ‘shooing away’ and one of many mail carriers was injured on his hand,” the doc added.

The company despatched out a video staff, and the Bee acquired a kind of movies, which confirmed that for some cause, the turkeys solely attacked supply employees. “It appears to be like like we will stroll proper as much as ’em, it’s simply the mail provider who they don’t like,” a wildlife officer says in one of many movies. “They’re clearly actually upset, behaving very aggressively towards the mail carriers, however nobody else.”

In line with paperwork the Sacramento Bee obtained, the CDFW’s Human Wildlife Battle staff (sure, they’ve one) selected the deadly resolution, saying “we might be able to expediently authorize the deadly take” of the biggest and most aggressive fowl.

However on February 28 this 12 months, a postal service employee took issues into their very own fingers, and offed the fowl with brute pressure. And Sacramento Nextdoor exploded with controversy, some complainers livid on the cruelty, others thrilled that somebody gave that goddamned fowl what it had coming.

“Final week the scenario escalated to a nationwide media story when one of many mail carriers, feeling threatened, struck a male (tom) turkey with a stick ensuing within the tom’s demise.” CDFW officers instructed each other in an e-mail.

The postal employee was thought of for self-discipline, however finally, not punished for beating a wild turkey to demise. However this Thanksgiving, there are absolutely loads of people in that Sacramento suburb who’re grateful that fowl was bludgeoned to the nice past.

Associated: Oakland Residents Divided On Saving/Euthanizing Aggressive Wild Turkey In Rose Backyard [SFist]

Picture: California Division of Fish and Wildlife

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