Turkey caught on camera attacking cars driving down road in NH town
Written by Vanessa Palange on .
PELHAM — A resident captured a turkey terrorizing drivers on Jericho Road.
Officer Allison Caprigno said the police department received a complaint Friday afternoon after the bird stood in the middle of the road attacking cars.
By the time Caprigno arrived on scene, the turkey had moved out of the road and presumably had returned to the flock of about 30 birds nearby.
The turkey can be seen in the video pecking at tires and even chasing one truck.
New Hampshire Fish and Game said it's not unusual for a turkey to take to shiny objects this time of year during mating season.
"They see themselves in a basement or a porch window, and they get really hot to trot," said Ted Walski, wildlife biologist II and the turkey project leader for New Hampshire Fish and Game.
Walski said its likely that the turkey is not necessarily wild but could be a game farm turkey, which are more docile than wild turkeys.
He said it's also possible that the turkey had imprinted on a human, meaning he recognizes humans as a parent or someone he can trust.
Although Fish and Game said they rarely see cases of turkeys chasing and attacking cars, Caprigno said Pelham police get similar calls once or twice a year.
She said last year, they had a turkey on Mammoth Road with the same behavior.