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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