New Jersey Town Wants to Fine Turkey Feeders $2K
Beware of the turkeys! A New Jersey town is considering fining people up to $2,000 for feeding wild turkeys. Why? Apparently they are terrorizing residents. According to NBC:
That may be the only humane way to deal with a foul flock of birds in Hainesport Township, New Jersey that seems to be getting increasingly aggressive.
“They come after my car all the time,” Melanie Morton told the Burlington County Times.
Morton said she even witnessed a wild turkey attacking a jogger one day.
“It was terrifying,” Morton said.
Morton decided to investigate a little more; find out why the wild turkeys were hanging around her neighborhood. She claims a neighbor has been feeding them. So now the town is considering an ordinance to ban folks from feeding the birds. Violators would faces fines up to $2,000.
Larry Hajna, with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, estimates there about 30 wild turkeys, but only a handful of true troublemakers.
In Texas, we would probably just shoot the birds, but not in Jersey. A $2,000 fine though? Give me a break.