The foul behavior allegedly perpetrated by a band of turkeys has put Mansfield, Mass., on high alert.
"There are four of them that are being the problem children," Jeff Collins, an animal control officer, told ABCNews.com. "They've stopped several people. They're 25 pounds each, standing in your way, which causes most people to stop and hesitate. The turkeys take this as a signal that you're afraid and then chase you."
Over the past few weeks, Collins said the turkey gang has cornered people leaving the bank, stopped residents from getting into their cars and even put a 6-foot-4, 240-pound cop on the defensive.
"He was saying, 'They were coming at me. I was trying to stand my ground and they weren't haven't any of it,'" Collins said.
The problem of rogue turkeys is so serious that even the commonwealth's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has issued a guide for "Preventing Conflicts With Turkeys." Here are some of their top tips for avoiding a turkey-takedown:
And there you have it. Good luck, residents of Mansfield. Stay safe!