Officials capture traffic jam-causing turkeys

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JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) – Officials in Johnston, Rhode Island have captured two of the three wild turkeys that were causing traffic problems.

The Providence Journal reports animal control officers from three different municipalities teamed up to corral the turkeys Tuesday morning at a strip mall. Officers used corn to lure the birds into a corner and a net to help capture them.

A third bird managed to evade officers before sprinting across the street. Officers chased after the turkey but were no match for its top-end speed.

Mayor Joseph Polisena says he’s happy animal control officers were able to capture two of the birds for relocation. Polisena had worried the turkeys would continue holding up traffic or cause a crash.

Polisena is confident the city will eventually capture the lone fugitive bird.

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