Turkeys on the Offensive

Residents in Brookline fed up with attacks

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In the suburban town of Brookline, Massachusetts (pop. 58,732), residents are getting fed up with aggressive turkeys. Karen Halvorson, who lives in the Aspinwall Hill neighborhood, is so frustrated that she’s now working with town leaders to organize meetings with locals so that they can vent and brainstorm an action plan. “I can’t believe we’re living this way,” she told a local CBS affiliate after turkeys attacked her truck, her front door, and her person. Halvorson was on one of her routine walks through town when she was charged by a band of three turkeys. She moved to the center of the street, but that wasn’t enough to deter the birds. “The turkey flew in my face and scratched my neck,” said Halvorson, who now carries a hiking stick she picked up at a nearby store for protection. The only upside? Increased work for the local animal control team. “Some people going to work and they’ve been chased by turkeys,” said animal control officer Pierre Verrier, who now spends most of his mornings keeping birds away from Brookline High School.


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