TOMS RIVER, N.J. – You'd think this close to Thanksgiving, turkeys would keep a low profile.
New Jersey wildlife officials will remove "aggressive" wild turkeys from a Toms River adult community within a week, township Administrator Donald Guardian said Tuesday.
Representatives from the state Division of Fish and Game were at the 1,595-home adult community Tuesday assessing the situation, after some residents complained last week that a flock of about 40 to 60 rogue birds had damaged property and cars and attacked people who tried to shoo them away.
Caryn Shinske, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the division of fish and wildlife worker will use trails of corn to bait the turkeys and then trap them using a drop net.
"Establishing this new behavior pattern for the turkeys can take several weeks," Shinske wrote in an email.
The turkey terror, first reported by News12, received widespread media attention and prompted Toms River native and Major League Baseball star Todd Frazier to sound off on Twitter, saying the large birds were also creating a nuisance in his neighborhood.
Shinske said the agency is urging the public not to feed the turkeys, or any other wild animal. Residents can use a broom, garden hose or air horn to scare aggressive birds and reinforce their natural fear of people, she said.
Residents could also place cardboard over windows to prevent reflections, as male – or tom turkeys – may see their reflection in a window and try to attack it, thinking it is another male bird, she said.
Wild turkeys are common in Toms River and many parts of Ocean County. The division of fish and wildlife estimates that there are 20,000 to 30,000 turkeys in New Jersey.
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This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Wild turkeys that attacked Toms River community to be removed