It’s a Turkey Apocalypse In One New Jersey Town

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time of families getting together and reminiscing and catching up over a good home-cooked meal.

Some will choose to flip through old family albums, while others will watch in wonder at the floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

However, in one small town in the northeast, the word “turkey” brings about visions of horror and fear—well probably not that bad for all, but for some of the residents, yes.

Residents of a small New Jersey town is pleading with the town’s officials to intervene in the town’s current situation.

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It seems there is a gang of 40-60 wild turkeys that have taken up residence and are pretty much calling all the shots.

Holiday City, located in Tom’s River, NJ, is currently home to a community of 55-years-olds and up—and now a whole passel of fowl!

Although some people may read this and find themselves amused by the fact that a gaggle of turkeys has taken over a whole town, and right at the Thanksgiving season, the residents dealing with the birds do not find it funny at all.

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According to a report by WZDX, these are not small turkeys.  The majority of the birds are estimated to weigh in at around 25 pounds and are capable of moving at a pace of 20 mph.

However, it is the fact that the flock is showing aggressive behaviors is what is truly frightening the locals.

One resident of the small town stated:

“I can’t get out of my door.  Sometimes I can’t get out of my car.  They go to attack you.”

The birds are not only going after the residents of the small town, but they have also taken to destroying their property as well.

The former third baseman for both the Yankees and the Mets, Todd Frazier, took to Twitter adding:

“They have come close to harming my family and friends, ruined my cars, trashed my yard, and much more.”

The Division of Fish & Wildlife suggests that the residents attempt to scare the turkey’s away.  By using a broom, garden hose, or air horn, humans can reinforce the bird’s natural fear of people.