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Wild Turkey Causes Major Traffic Back-Ups in Lansing


A turkey has been holding up traffic at Mt. Hope and Aurelius, a busy Lansing intersection, for weeks, sometimes causing 20 car back-ups.

Neither the public or police can quite catch up with this fleeing, feathered fugitive.

"It wont leave...it just will not leave," said Kirk Sulzman, a neighbor in the area who has seen the turkey every morning for the past few weeks.


Ingham County Animal Control and Lansing Police have both been out after numerous calls about this bold yet mysterious turkey that has taken over the corner.


Dash cam video from Lansing Police shows images from at least eight different times they've been called out there.


"Stands right in the middle of the road or right in the middle of the lane so you can't get through. You can't make a left or a right, can't go straight through. It has been bothering traffic for weeks," said Sulzman. "The last time I saw it, it was pecking at a car.

"A lady chased the turkey around for about 5 or 6 minutes and no one would move they don't want to run over the turkey," he says.

It looks to be a pretty smart bird, too. If you watch the dash cam video, you'll see it sits and waits politley at the red light, but when it changes to green, this turkey is on the move.

Police are urging drivers to stay patient and don't try to take care of the turkey yourself because they can be aggressive.

The Fenner Nature Center nearby says a number of wild turkeys hang out in that area because of the location near the woods.

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