Wild turkeys cause headaches, traffic jams in town

August 2, 2018

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — A group of wayward wild turkeys that have descended on a Rhode Island town is causing residents problems.

Johnston residents say the birds showed up in town about two months ago. The turkeys gather in the middle of roads and get in the way of traffic. Some birds have even chased after cars.

Mayor Joseph Polisena is worried the turkeys will cause a crash. Polisena says he doesn’t want to see a bird “splattered all over the road.”

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management spokesperson Michael Healey said in a statement to WJAR-TV that the department would approve a permit for the town to relocate the turkeys.

Polisena says he’s working with an animal control officer to figure out a solution.

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