Watch CBS News

Group Of Wild Turkeys Surrounds NJ Mailman's Truck

HILLSDALE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- A mailman was crying 'fowl' after getting surrounded by a group of wild turkeys.

As CBS2's Tony Aiello reported Tuesday night, the gang of turkeys surrounded his truck on Esplanade Drive in Hillsdale.

"He was concerned that once we left they were going to go back after him," Tom Smith of the Hillsdale Police Department told CBS2. "I don't know if he's had a run-in with these turkeys before."

Smith ended up blasting his police car's sirens, causing the birds to scatter.

Before this incident, the birds were never known as trouble makers, and would frequent residents' backyards.

"They've been pretty mellow the last couple of months I've lived here," Hillsdale resident David Margolin told CBS2.

Search the Web and you will find video after video showing that turkeys have a thing for mail trucks. Doug Cody in Grand Haven, Michigan carries a stick to keep the birds at bay.

"They run after you -- they actually attack you!" he said.

Back in Hillsdale, Margolin was just glad his mail made it through.

He joked about the postal service's motto, "Neither snow, sleet, rain, or turkeys, I guess, kept them from delivering the mail today."

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.