Turkey attacks Greensboro mail carrier; bird a ‘public threat’

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A turkey attacked a mail carrier Tuesday while she was on her route in a neighborhood in northwest Greensboro.

Guilford County Animal Control says the turkey attacked her from behind when she was walking back to her truck after delivering a letter at a home.

FOX8 spoke with the mail carrier over the phone. She told us she’s OK but was really scared.

Thomas Dew saw the attack and says the turkey has been in the neighborhood for the past couple years. He said the turkey is beginning to wear out his welcome.

“He’s been getting progressively more aggressive. I think it’s because he’s less afraid of people,” explains Thomas Dew, who lives in the same neighborhood as the turkey.

Some homeowners like Matthew Mearing describe the turkey as a “neighborhood pet.”

“For the most part he’s been nuisance-free for me and my family,” says Mearing.

Mail carriers in the area know all about the turkey and the attack. Jenice Dawkins says the turkey is scary and wants him to go.

“So we can feel safe delivering the mail. We not only have to worry about the dogs, we have to worry about the turkey when we are over here,” says Dawkins, a mail carrier.

Animal Control tells FOX8 the turkey is a “public threat” and they’ll be out in the neighborhood over the next couple days to try to catch him.

If captured, the turkey will be taken to the Guilford County Animal Shelter where Wildlife Authorities will decide where the turkey should be relocated.

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