SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — An investigation is underway after the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said a postal worker killed a wild turkey in Sacramento.
The video captured some of the aggressive turkeys in the Arden Arcade area – Morse and Creekside to be exact – and you can see them next to the mail truck.
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The Post Office and Fish and Wildlife say this is an ongoing problem, with the same carrier being attacked for months now.
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On Monday, fearing for his safety, he used a baton from his truck to beat him to death. Fish and Wildlife officials say it was a last resort:
“They deployed pepper spray, they used their mailbags to hit the turkeys and they kicked the turkeys that came to attack them and nothing worked.”
Officials call it an unusual case but let’s say the turkey mating season has probably led to the birds becoming much more confrontational and aggressive.
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As you probably know, wild turkeys are a huge problem in California. Between 1960 and approximately 2020, as part of a major state-sponsored recreational hunting program, thousands of farmed turkeys were released into the wild. No one predicted how resilient and prolific large birds would be.