Mailman on Trial for “Murder”… of a Turkey?

A mail carrier in Sacramento has been accused of fowl play after going postal on a wild turkey.

The bird apparently accosted the letter carrier Monday, prompting him to grab a pole or stick from his vehicle and fatally beat the animal with it, the Sacramento Bee reports, citing eyewitness accounts on social media app Nextdoor.

The incident has prompted a probe by California wildlife officials and the US Postal Service.

“We are currently launching a thorough investigation,” Meiko Patton, a local USPS spokesperson told the outlet. “Our employees have had several altercations with aggressive turkeys in the area, including a recent attack on a letter carrier. We have been working with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to mitigate the issue.”

“However, this allegation is alarming, and if true, [is] inexcusable and [does] not reflect the efforts of our more than 650,000 employees who faithfully serve and deliver for America every day,”  Patton added.

The USPS has filed complaints in the past about aggressive turkeys that roam the Creekside neighborhood.

A biologist dispatched to the area back in October “observed four turkeys actively, aggressively go after a mail carrier when he got out of his mail truck,” said Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Capt. Patrick Foy.

Agents have been unsuccessful in their attempts to capture the confrontational turkeys, Foy said, prompting postal carriers to defend themselves in a variety of ways, including kicking, using pepper spray or swinging their mail bags.

Neighbors are divided in their opinions about the wild turkeys. 

“Half of the neighborhood was infuriated that a mailman killed a turkey,” Foy said. “The other half are infuriated that somebody won’t come out and get rid of all the turkeys.”


  • Paul Hindenburg

    Just vote them out off office, that should handle the turkey problem.

  • I have no problem with the mailman dispatching the turkey. I have been chased by geese, they both can be violent. They will chase you, bite, kick and beat you with their wings. I don’t know if they could kill you but, you can fall in their attack and then continue to bite and peck, at the least they could put out your eyes and draw blood. If you were a small person, I could see the person receiving some serious wounds. Me, any thing I had handy I would use to dispatch the bird, if it died – not sorry but, If I had a choice I would just beat it off if possible. These birds are stuburne, hard to say the outcome.

  • I’ve been attacked by turkeys before. A large one can do some damage, so I likely would have done the same as this postal worker. I would make the same decision if the animal attacking me was a dog, a coyote, or other large animal. Most truly wild animals would not attack me, as they consider me a huge animal, but semi-wild animals that are familiar with people are a different story.

  • The only problem I see here is cleaning the damn thing for roasting.

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