(BOSTON) -- The capital of Massachusetts is under attack -- by turkeys.
The Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, or MassWildlife, issued a notice urging citizens to be vigilant in the event of a turkey attack.
Officials from MassWildlife said, “March through May is breeding season for wild turkeys, which means some turkeys may be seen acting aggressively or completely ignoring the presence of people. Males will puff out their feathers, fan their tails, and ‘strut their stuff.’”
The best way to scare off a wild turkey, they said, is to make loud noises. You can also spray the birds with a hose. Dogs may also be “an effective deterrent.”
Wild turkeys have been spotted in and around the city. On April 6, two turkeys crossed six lanes of traffic on I-95 during rush hour, forcing cars to swerve around them.
MassWildlife said the birds are relentless and should be avoided: “Turkeys may attempt to dominate or attack people that they view as subordinates. And this behavior is observed most often during breeding season.”
The birds have charged people in acts of aggression in the neighborhood of Brookline and terrorized residents in Foxborough, where the Patriots play.
Luckily for some, breeding season makes for good hunting. Licensed wild turkey hunting is permitted in the spring and fall, with spring season running from Monday, April 24, to May 20.
Jack Buckley, director of MassWildlife, said, “We want to make both hunters and potential hunters aware of Wild Turkey Hunting Season because it is a great recreational activity for individuals and families.”
Not so much for the turkeys.
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