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Car-Chasing Turkey Stalls Traffic in Iowa

November 16, 2004

WHITTIER, Iowa (AP) _ Commuters say a wild turkey nicknamed Jake is causing a daily traffic hold up in this eastern Iowa city.

Jake stations himself next to the road, ready to run off any vehicle that slows down for a better look, said Melissa Davidson, who lives nearby.

``He’s out here every morning,″ she said. ``People get out of their cars to shoo him off the road, and he just circles the cars. It’s really funny to watch. He’s not afraid of people.″

Davidson said Jake started causing the traffic interruptions about two months ago. He roosts in trees behind her next-door neighbor’s home.

Jake’s behavior isn’t normal for a wild turkey, said Rick White, six-time Iowa state turkey-calling champion who works at Hunter’s Specialties in Cedar Rapids.

He said wild turkeys are territorial only in the spring during mating season.

``It might be a domestic turkey or maybe a wild turkey pen-raised from eggs,″ he said. ``Domestic turkeys get used to people and have a little (territorial aggressiveness) in their temperament.″

He said of a turkey that chases cars: ``It’s weird.″


Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazetteonline.com/

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