STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police in southern New Jersey shot and killed a wild turkey that authorities said was “wreaking havoc” on traffic.

Stafford Township animal control officer Michael Melchionne told The Press of Atlantic City the bird has been in the township for months.

However, it recently moved from residential areas to busy Route 72.

Efforts to trap it were unsuccessful.

Police Lt. Thomas Dellane told the newspaper the turkey caused a motor vehicle accident when a car jammed on its brakes and was rear ended by another on Wednesday.

The turkey was shot by a police officer in the woods.

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Comments (15)
  1. kevin says:

    well hopefully someone will be having a turkey dinner come Easter hopefully they were at least smart enough to take it to a food bank or something instead of letting it go to waste

  2. Boson Higgs says:

    Wait just a minute !!!

    “Cops Do Shots of Wild Turkey” on April Fools’s Day, no less.

  3. mike felter charleston says:

    wow are we still living in the year 2011 how about a net ,, how about a sign telling motorist to sloww down until they get the bird,, is this guy from mexico i think they have to make sure this wild life guy is sane

  4. jerseyjoey says:

    HaHaHA, Stafford or aka called Manahawkin, No liberal tree hugging Peta lovers there, good old shoot first, if alive ask questions , then shoot to finish the job started, yeah good ole boys down there.Oh and very little crime to boot unlike the liberal sewer called NYC. Wondere who gets the Turkey, lol

  5. Michael Scott of Scranton, Pa. says:

    …I know a few more turkeys he can shoot. I work with them! They snarl things up daily.

  6. BronxZooCobra says:

    Sounds like the cop has some anger issues

  7. Richard says:

    I am sure you are all kids…go to places like India, Somalia…Darfur…watch children dying from disease and starvation then after you come back talk to me about this turkey!!!

  8. Melissa says:

    They should have tranked it instead of killing it…totally unnecessary for sure! How about we start picking off the peiople that walk out on front of cars that don’t pay any attention..they too are troublesome..idiot people just have no respect for wildlife ..PERIOD!

  9. michael says:

    the turkey was heard earlier stating “don’t taze me, bro!”…

  10. Moral Truth says:

    charges must be filed and thats the moral truth

  11. Mr.G says:

    To bad it was not Thanksgiving, The cops will have a nice meal. RIP

  12. Jo Ann says:

    The police could SHOOT a wild Turkey to death; BUT….It could not tranquilize the bird and take it somewhere else? Unnessessary Death…..That’s sad…

    1. Jon says:

      Would’ve became Thanksgiving dinner later this year, might as well start the long process now

  13. fowl says:

    gobble gobble, RIP, gobble gobble.

    1. ura turkey says:

      that’s NOT funny

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