Morning Edition,January 28, 2009 · In one section of Rockport, Mass., mail delivery has stopped. About 10 turkey have been terrorizing the mailman for the last several months. The turkeys chase down the truck. The big birds won't leave because residents have been feeding them. Perhaps the mailman should arm himself with a November calendar — with one date in particular circled in red.
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Tulik said turkeys exercise dominance over their area and the only way to deal with them is to be more dominant. Tulik suggested arming the postal worker with an umbrella. When a turkey begins to charge, the carrier should open the umbrella toward the turkey, which in turn should trick the bird into thinking it's facing another dominant male flaring its tail feathers.