New Jersey will trap turkeys troubling Jersey Shore neighbourhood

TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY (AP) — New Jersey has drumsticked up a plan to deal with flocks of wild turkeys that are ruffling some feathers in a Jersey Shore neighbourhood.

And it doesn’t involve them winding up on dinner plates in two weeks.

The state Department of Environmental Protection will trap scores of turkeys that have descended on a retirement community in Toms River and relocate them.

The move comes as some residents said large flocks of turkeys have invaded the area, pecking at cars, and at some people who venture too close.

“I had a small blow-up pool in my backyard for my grandson; it lasted exactly one day,” said Cindy Lijoi.

“They pecked holes in it. It’s been a nuisance and it really needs to be addressed. They peck at people’s cars; you can’t get out the door sometimes because they won’t move.” Vinnie Caravello said he routinely sees groups of 20 to 30 birds strutting through the streets.

“They do cause damage,” he said. “If they see their reflection in the car, they’ll peck the car. And they take over the road.”

Others said they give the birds a wide berth and haven’t experienced any problems.

“They’re harmless,” said Deborah Richardson. “I talk to them. They know it’s me. I go ‘gobble, gobble’.” Toms River residents who have run a-fowl of the birds include former New York Yankees and Mets baseball player Todd Frazier, whose SUV was covered by roosting turkeys recently. He posted a picture on Twitter, and urging New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to do something about the birds.

Wild turkeys walk on a road in Toms River, New Jersey. PHOTO: AP