Maybe it’s payback for that whole Thanksgiving thing? Postal workers in suburban Ohio have had to breach their duty to deliver the mail no matter the odds after a gang of wild turkeys claimed an entire area, rendering 25 to 30 homes completely undeliverable.
The USPS branch in Rocky River was forced to notify the city that residents living on a handful of streets had not received their mail for about three weeks, Cleveland.com reported. While mail carriers have tried to deliver the mail, they inevitably find themselves fending off hordes of aggressive turkeys.
What’s more, the city’s ordinance prohibits officials from doing anything to get rid of the turkeys, so for the time being, affected residents have no other option but to pick up their mail from the post office.
Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst did say that a letter was sent out to discourage residents from putting out bird food.
“There’s a lot of bird feeders over there so there’s a food source in that area,” she said. “It is an issue so we’ve asked residents to cease putting out bird seed and bird food so we can see if they will go down to the Metroparks.”
Regional spokesman for the post office David Van Allen explained that mail carriers will now take some new approaches in order to get their job down, including delivering in the evening.
“The carriers are carrying an air horn to see if that will scare off the turkeys, if that will discourage them,” he said. “We’re attempting to deliver every day and we will continue to do that. We’re sorry for any inconvenience to people.”
Van Allen also confirmed that, while there have been a few pecks here and there, nobody has been hurt.