Dec 2, 2011
We bring you our sort-of-annual holiday tradition: The Poultry Slam! Stories of what happens when humans and fowl collide, including the tale of one notorious turkey who unleashed a long reign of terror on an unsuspecting neighborhood.
- The number of wild turkeys in the United States has risen from 30,000 at the beginning of the 20th century to an estimated seven million today. And it's common for them to get aggressive with people. But the average turkey doesn't come close to the reign of terror unleashed by one particular turkey, named Tom, on Martha's Vinyard in 2008. Sam Bungey tells the story. Sam edits the online magazine The Racket. (15 minutes)
Illustration by Seniel Seward, from the Vineyard Gazette.