“We were very surprised when yesterday morning law enforcement was seen chasing the turkey across Baxter Road”
Wild turkeys can be very aggressive and this one was clearly a menace.
Turkey accused of harassing joggers at University of Michigan killed by DNR
The University of Michigan’s infamous north campus turkey appears to have strutted its way into the great beyond.
After they were unable to shoo the territorial bird away from the area surrounding the UM Transportation Research Institute, 2901 Baxter Road, and based on reports of aggressive behavior that included chasing bicyclists, walkers and joggers, Ann Arbor police requested the Department of Natural Resources permanently take care of the problem, DNR Law Enforcement Division Lt. Andrew Turner said.
A DNR officer, accompanied by Ann Arbor police, shot and killed the gobbler about 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, he said.
It wasn’t entirely clear if it was the same turkey that was accused of attacking passersby last spring. University of Michigan police speculated in May that the turkey, which was making the social media rounds at the time, may have been hit and killed by a passing car.
“I have a feeling it was the primary turkey that has been most concerning to people,” said UM Transportation Research Institute spokeswoman Francine Romine, who works in a campus building nearby. “He wasn’t aggressive, but he could be perceived as being aggressive. He would walk up to people, people would try and take his picture … so we were concerned and wanted to move him someplace out of harm’s way …
“We were very surprised when yesterday morning law enforcement was seen chasing the turkey across Baxter Road … And then we heard shots fired and that was it.”
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