New Jersey Police Shoot Turkey In Traffic

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Police in southern New Jersey shot and killed a wild turkey that authorities say was “wreaking havoc” in traffic.

Stafford Township animal control officer Michael Melchionne told The Press of Atlantic City the bird has been in the township for months. However, it recently moved from residential areas to busy Route 72.

Efforts to trap it were unsuccessful.

Police Lt. Thomas Dellane told the newspaper the turkey caused a motor vehicle accident when a car jammed on its brakes and was rear ended by another on Wednesday.

The turkey was shot by a police officer in the woods.

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  1. AlvinB says:

    An officer will always shoot at anything as long as they know they are getting away with it.

  2. bill shamer says:

    Come on, do you really think this is the same bird? I guess there is only one turkey reeking havoc on NJ residents. what a joke, these are the same people that think bears should not be hunted.

  3. gobblegobble says:

    should’ve shot the idiot who slammed their brakes and causing an accident instead of running over the turkey.

  4. Buzzard says:

    SAVE the Giblets!!!!!

  5. Gobble says:

    Mmmmmmmm, just need some stuffing, mashed taters, yams and cranberry sauce!

  6. Bret Walker says:

    Wild turkeys are beautiful and majestic birds. But they need to have a hunt to cull the flock because there’s more and more of them every year. When the population grows unabated you end up with dead birds on the side of the road and damage to autos and potential injury to humans.

  7. Big Redd says:

    They could just as easily have shot him with a tranquilizer and then moved him to another area. I hope they are proud of themselves. WOW! BIG MAN! Really impressed.

  8. Susan D'Amore says:

    I hope that Police Officer is proud of himself? Shooting an innocent animal that we have forced to be around us because of growth!

  9. Paul Muldowney says:

    So the NJ Police officer shot and killed a wild Turkey; does that mean it belongs to the State now?
    Bet it would taste pretty gamey if one just straight out and roasted it.
    I’d brine it or marinade it in apple juice beforehand.

  10. EARLY THANKSGIVING ? says:

    THESE BABYS CAN GET TO BE VERY BIG AND HAVE A BAD TEMPER

    SEEN FIRST HAND IN PHILA SUBURBS, AND ALSO IVE READ OF PERSON DYING
    AS A RESULT OF AUTO ACCIDENT AND TH BIRD

    HH OF OXFORD CIRCLE SAYS

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