I came across this story on New Jersey’s local news site, courtesy of The Jersey Journal. Apparently, I was out on my first waterfront run of 2009 when it all went down. I have to say I’m a little disappointed I missed it.
Turkey leads cops on wild goose chase
Monday, April 06, 2009
A wild turkey created a stir in Downtown Jersey City yesterday afternoon when it appeared at Eighth and Monmouth streets. The turkey led members of the police’s Emergency Services Unit – and local residents – on quite a chase, at one point perching itself on power lines high above the street.
Crowds gathered outside homes in Downtown area. Some people snapped pictures on their cell phones.
Some members of the crowd were confused and rooting for the fowl, saying, “It’s not Thanksgiving time” and “Leave him alone.”
The bird was finally popped with a tranquilizer dart. While still woozy from the tranquilizer, the bird flew briefly to a nearby rooftop and then swooped low to the ground. As police moved in with large nets to pick it up, the bird scampered into the woods behind Dickinson High School, witnesses said.
It was not clear if the bird was caught as of press time.
So, now there’s a doped-up rogue turkey hiding in the underbrush mere blocks from my apartment. I think this is how urban legends are born.