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Wildlife officials failed to capture wild turkeys before attack on Sacramento delivery driver

December 6, 2022
2022 12 06 at 5.07 PM

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Last winter, a mail carrier was making deliveries in the Arden-Arcade neighborhood of Sacramento when he was attacked by a “particularly aggressive” and “massive” male turkey.

The carrier, who was armed with some kind of stick, hit the turkey, killing it, California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said.

There was reason to suspect that someone was feeding the neighborhood’s wild turkeys, which began attacking drivers and disrupting deliveries from the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, Amazon, UPS and other carriers.

Since the incident with the mail carrier, wildlife officials have determined that a neighbor had been providing the turkeys with “copious quantities” of food, Foy told The Times.

“It probably contributed to the massive size of the turkey in question, because it was eating just an unlimited amount of food every day from this particular household,” Foy said shortly after the incident. “We are addressing that issue as a major contributing factor to this overall problem.”

The resident was told to “cease feeding these birds,” the Bee reported. It was unclear if the person would face fines.

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