CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — Turkeys are fighting back in Cuyahoga Falls.
Falls residents driving near the intersection of Steels Corners and Bath roads have had run-ins with an aggressive turkey, who some have witnessed running wild with several other birds.
On Thursday morning, a Facebook commenter warned others on Cuyahoga Falls Talk of the Town:
“Reader beware. Yesterday around 5pm at the intersection of state road and steels corners, I saw a gentleman running for his life down the side of the road, with the infamous steels corners Turkey not far from his heels, angry as can be. I think it is safe to say the turkeys in our dear city are fighting back this year!”
More than a hundred readers responded to the post, many who say the bird is part of a gang terrorizing the area, which is just east of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Other Facebook posters witnessed the bird chasing the frightened pedestrian.
“We saw him in the parking lot of the car dealership on the corner of State and Steels Corners. He was running and looking back and the turkey was behind him trying to bite,” wrote a commenter.
Another commenter said he tried to shoo the bird out of the road but was instead chased down the street.
“So I’m thinking we need. A support group,” he wrote. “The steelscorner turkey attack survivors group I feel much better now that I’m not the only victim hopefully other will now step forward and speak against this feathered menace.”
“They’re coming for us. The Walking Feathered,” joked another.
Thursday afternoon, Kristen Fernandez and her daughter, Lydia, 9, saw the turkey so they pulled over into an empty lot to get a closer look.
As avid bird watchers, the family enjoys wildlife and wanted an up-close look at the three-foot tall bird, which was pecking at grass.
“He was near the back of the field of the old FirstMerit and we were just admiring it because it’s beautiful. It was so big and out of place,” Kristen Fernandez said. “When we started to drive away it came after us. It was chasing us at top speed.”
Both mother and daughter were afraid the turkey would follow the car into traffic so they stop-started a few times, and then drove around the parking lot, while Lydia videotaped the chase.
Finally, the pair decided to floor it out of the lot, to out-run the bird, which was successful.
“It was the weirdest funniest thing,” Kristen said. “We’ll never forget it.”