This may sound funny, but Edna Geisler, a 69-year-old woman from the Detroit area, doesn’t consider this a laughing matter anymore: A 25-pound turkey attacks her every time she leaves her house. "I have to go to the post office at 6 o'clock in the morning to avoid him," she says.
Edna tried changing her schedule and leaving the house at different times, but the turkey can’t be fooled. He bumps, claws, and bites Edna as soon as he sees her. He even attacked Edna’s friend Rick Reid when he tried to approach the house.
Wildlife expert Tim Payne of the Department of Natural Resources says adult turkeys are known to aggressively protect what they consider their property, although most fear people. "This bird has probably attacked, and the person retreats," says Payne. "What it tells the bird is, `What I'm doing is good.' It reinforces the aggressive behavior."
Edna wants the turkey gone by summer. Hunting season opens in April…
"Every time I eat turkey I smile," she says. "I'd like to do that to him."