Washington DC area terrorized by aggressive male turkey attacking bikers

It was just a couple of weeks ago that a rabid fox guarding its den and baby kits was caught and euthanized after attacking and biting several people around the Capitol complex in Washington D.C.

Now another member of the animal kingdom, a wild turkey, has been terrorizing and attacking residents in the D.C. area, the Washington Examiner reported.

The angry bird has most frequently been spotted harassing people along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail and is reportedly the subject of a hunt by several federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the Agriculture Department, and the Department of Energy and Environment.

Turkey attacks

According to the Wall Street Journal, the suspect bird is a three-and-a-half foot-tall male turkey described as having a blue head, pink chin flaps, black feathers on his chest, and bronze fanned tail feathers.

It has attacked multiple people walking or riding bikes along the picturesque river trail and at least some of its victims have required medical attention for puncture wounds and received tetanus shots.

WSLS reported that one of the turkey’s attacks was recently caught on video after it first attacked a man named Dede Folarin and nearly knocked him off of his bike, only to then chase after and harass a woman further down the trail, forcing her off her bike in an effort to defend herself.

“It was a scary situation,” Folarin said. “Just riding along the path this gigantic turkey just jumps up towards my face almost knocked me off my bike then proceeded to chase me around for five minutes.”

Funny, but also dangerous

Dan Rauch, a Fisheries and Wildlife biologist with the DOEE, told WSLS, “There’s actually a pretty healthy turkey population in D.C. and surrounding areas. There’s at least a hundred maybe even two here in the district,” and added, “You just never see them.”

“There is an element of humor to it,” Rauch told the Journal. “There is a terror turkey stalking a river trail. If I hadn’t seen the videos myself, I would have thought it was an urban myth.”

The Examiner noted that the aggressive turkey appears to have also crossed state lines to attack and harass people in Maryland and, in addition to the federal agencies, is also being sought after by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation Department.

Thanks to its aggressive attitude and sharp spurs and beak, the bird is considered to be dangerous, and the National Park Service has alerted the public to steer clear of it if spotted and to notify the agency of its location so that it can be caught and its terror spree along the Riverwalk trail ended.

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