A fearless wild turkey has been attacking walkers, joggers and bikers on a path in Washington, D.C., inflicting a flap.

A number of individuals have reported being chased, slammed into, clawed and pecked in encounters with the large chook on the Anacostia Riverwalk Path within the northeast part of the district.

The turkey got here for musician DeDe Folarin final month as he rode his bike by means of the world.

“He jumped in the air and he almost clawed my face,” Folarin advised native WJLA TV. “He form of knocked me off the bike and actually chased me round for like 5 minutes.”

When the turkey took off after one other biker, Folarin recorded the confrontation on his cellular phone — after which chased the chook off with a stick when the lady underneath assault known as to him for assist.

Prince George County Parks and Recreation Division has put up an indication to discourage individuals from approaching the turkey.

“Some people don’t listen,” Victor Davila of the parks company advised WJLA. “They attempt to go as much as it and take footage and stuff like that.”

“There may be an element of humor to it,” Dan Rauch, a D.C. Division of Power and Setting wildlife biologist attempting to catch the chook, advised The Wall Road Journal. “There’s a terror turkey stalking a river path. If I hadn’t seen the movies myself, I would have thought it was an urban myth.”

Wild turkeys are making a comeback throughout the nation. However encounters with people will be problematic. Males fiercely guard their territories and might also be defending nests within the spring. They will scratch and bruise individuals, and puncture pores and skin with their beaks and claws.

One sufferer of the D.C. chook reported in February on a neighborhood weblog: “A wild turkey that attacked me on the Anacostia path final evening. I ended up at urgent care with puncture wounds on my legs and I needed to get a tetanus shot and antibiotics. It was terrifying.”

The tom is seemingly turning into more and more aggressive. Park information Joe Cashman first encountered the chook with one other information final fall whereas they biked by means of the world.

“We acquired a kick out of it,” Cashman advised the Journal. “Then we started getting complaints. It began getting aggressive. It’s gotten increasingly more aggressive.”

The plan now’s to seize the turkey and relocate it. However the chook generally high-tails it throughout the Maryland state line, and takes flight when he sees nets, Cashman identified.

Within the meantime, Folarin stated he’s been “prepping myself for the next turkey attack.”