Aggressive Turkeys Halt Mail Service

Jun 2014
Cleveland, Ohio

ROCKY RIVER, OH (AP) — Postal carriers say a rafter of aggressive wild turkeys have prevented them from delivering mail to more than two dozen homes in a Cleveland suburb. reports residents on a number of streets in Rocky River have had to pick up their mail at the post office because the turkeys have created unsafe conditions for carriers to deliver to their homes.

Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst said the problem has persisted for the last three weeks. She said city ordinances don’t allow for the turkeys to be eradicated.

The city has instead sent letters to people asking them to stop putting out bird feed in the hope the turkeys will go elsewhere.

A U.S. Postal Service spokesman says some carriers have been pecked but none have been injured.
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First, let me apologize that my local NBC affiliate does not know that a "rafter" is part of the structure of a building, not a large collection of things, which are sometimes called a "raft".

Second, the USPS braves gang-infested neighborhoods with packs of wild dogs, but is fearful of turkeys? I'm sure these birds are "aggressive", but if I had to choose between my mail carrier and my wild turkey flock, I'd choose the birds. It's not like this is something that wild birds often do.

Cleveland is also being treated to a snowy owl invasion this winter.

All in all, this is a hot spot for winter birding.

Your thoughts?