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Via the Cleveland.com: Aggressive wild turkeys in Rocky River interfere with mail delivery.

About 25 to 30 homes haven’t been able to get their mail delivered, she said, and the problem has been lingering for about three weeks.

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  1. Ha! I know exactly where this is. Not exactly out in the boondocks ether,

  2. Senyordave says:

    If I were a mail carrier, too much Wild Turkey would definitely make it difficult for me to complete the task.

  3. Mr. Prosser says:

    It’s interesting how many wild species are adapting to urban/suburban life: deer, coyotes, raccoons, foxes, crows, ravens and now wild turkeys which used to be a very skittish species.

  4. Mr. Prosser says:

    @Mr. Prosser: I should add that in my neck of the woods (CO) bear and mountain lions are also becoming more of a problem.

  5. bookdragon says:

    We’ve had flock of wild turkeys nearby for years. They only get aggressive during mating season and when protecting a nest. The latter isn’t a problem for us since they nest out in undeveloped land pretty far from any houses, but in mating season they tend to wander.

    They are big birds and remarkably brave, but not stupidly so. Deer during mating season will brainlessly stand there and stare at my greyhounds, saved only by me having a good grip on the hounds’ leashes and lots of practice in holding them. Wild turkeys have the sense to run, and if there’s a fence in the way to fly over it.

  6. gVOR08 says:

    @Mr. Prosser: Let’s not have any more of this Godless Darwinian “adapting” nonsense. Republicans are in charge now.

  7. Mr. Prosser says:

    @gVOR08: Indeed, maybe now I’m on a DHS list or at least Ken Hamm’s list.

  8. Tyrone says:

    Well, we know it is not bulldogs.
    Roll, Tide!

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    So postal workers in Ohio are complete and total pansies? Here in the hills and hollers we drop kick turkeys for breakfast.

  10. Matt says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: I doubt that as a rafter of full grown male turkeys who are defending their territory can be extremely dangerous to mess with. Hell just one large male turkey can kill you…

    Unless you have a gun then it’s rather trivial as you can kill them before they can get in range of their spurs and beak.

  11. OzarkHillbilly says:


    Hell just one large male turkey can kill you…

    If you’re an idiot. Give me a turkey and I’ll give you giblets, no gun necessary.

  12. Matt says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: You’ve never faced a full grown male with spurs then. Your arrogance would be your downfall. Then again you probably think boars are harmless too..