This is truly a sad day for the people of Rochester. We had all fallen in love with Jake the Turkey that hung out on 16th street SW and Mayo Wood Road. Families would hope to catch a glimpse of him every day as they drove by the intersection but now Jake is in the big forest in the sky.
According to the Post-Bulletin, Jake the Turkey had to be put down yesterday after becoming increasingly aggressive toward traffic and pedestrians. The PB spoke with interim Rochester Police Chief John Sherwin who told them " Police had been getting calls daily for about a month about the "very aggressive" bird, Sherwin said.
“Sometimes it was two, three or more calls a day,” he said, noting the bird often pecked at slow-moving cars, and even chased after motorcyclists. He said that those living in the area were reportedly feeding the animal — which is why it likely stuck around and showed no fear of humans.
Animal control was called to the area of 16th Street Southwest and Mayowood Road Tuesday morning for a report the turkey had charged a child riding a bike.
“It’s one thing to be standing on the side of the road,” Sherwin said. “It’s another thing to be a traffic hazard.
“And it’s an entirely different thing to go after a child,” he added."
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