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September 06, 2013
When Turkeys Go Bad - 8

“Feces, broken glass, feathers all over the place, it was a disaster.”

Frat party?

Crack house?

Nope.

What Officer Mark Ehrenburg was describing was what a New Jersey residential home looked like after it was trashed by an intruding wild turkey Thursday.

The home destruction began when Kinnelon resident, teacher, and grandmother Marie Manco walked into her living room and encountered a huge gobbler holding court. Marie ran into her bedroom and called 911. CBS News New York reports that she told the dispatcher,  “A wild turkey came through my skylight and it’s flying around my house right now destroying everything. I’m in my bedroom, but I’m afraid to come out.”

Police arrived to find the aforementioned mess and that the turkey had fled the scene via another window.

Maria said the turkey stood almost as tall as she was and that its path of destruction through her home left $6,000 in damages, a fact her insurance company isn’t exactly crazy about.  Maria said the company is very reluctant to pay.

So why did the bird talk turkey through Maria’s home?

Authorities believe the Tom saw his reflection in the skylight glass and attacked.

“It’s mating season for turkeys and we’re attributing the aggression to that,” Lt. John Schwartz said. (Apparently, Lt. Schwartz can use a refresher course on turkey biology.)

As for Maria? She says she’s still on edge because of the attack.

“Violated, I felt violated, frightened. I’m still frightened,” she said.

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from charlie elk wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

Well it would be fun to continue the detective work on this story but after doing some internet searching there are at least 20 different version of how the turkey got out of the house including a variety of windows, an open door, even a pet door.
Seems the only common fact is the turkey came in the skylight. A skylight does not open entirely to the sky, if it did rain would pour in if it were left open accidently. Rather they open not more than a 45 degree angle more commonly only a 25 degree angle. So I would speculate, if the turkey came in that way he had to land on the roof, stoop and crawl in pushing the screen or tearing it out of the way...Yea right.
later,
charlie

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from LovesOutdoors wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

Insurance companies prefer not to pay for any claims submitted. Their claims adjuster works for the insurance company and will look out for company’s interest.

The home owner should hire her own insurance adjuster who will look out for her behalf. Her hired adjuster would get every damaged item paid in full; a cleaning company would clean the mess up and also the money for the hired contractor to install a new skylight.

Many New Jersey home owners lost their homes during tropical storm Sandy. If you didn’t have flood insurance you got nothing for water damage. The same goes for firearm insurance the insurance company will give you the maximum fee of two thousand dollars for all your firearms that were lost. Check in to it so you’re not burnt by your insurance company after a house fire.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 31 weeks 15 hours ago

Charlie elk, I mostly agree with your points, but it says in the article that the turkey escaped through another window, not the same way it came in.
And a skylight would not have to be as wide or wider than a turkey's wingspan to allow entry - the wings do fold up smaller than that after all.
I do agree with you that a turkey should not be able to break a skylight window, but it doesn't say in the article that it actually did break the window.
So to me, the story does seem like a bit of a stretch, but the truth can be stranger than fiction!

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from MWK_MN wrote 31 weeks 1 day ago

Felt "violated" and still frightened? Puhleease.

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from charlie elk wrote 31 weeks 1 day ago

This turkey story is more than a little suspicious-
How big is the skylight it entered? A turkey's wingspan is 4 to 5 feet. Not many skylights are that big.
Skylights are double thermal paned usually with break resistant safety glass. Turkeys usually die when they hit a windshield and that's only single glass.
Turkey trashed the place and found his way out the same way he came in? Really?
No wonder the insurance company is investigating. Sounds a like possible fraud to me.

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from Shannon Weston wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

Um......breeding season for turkeys is in the SPRING, not FALL.

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from Buckshott00 wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

She should get a gun, and take back her life.
NO MORE FEAR FROM FOWL!!! LOL!!!

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from huntfishtrap wrote 31 weeks 4 days ago

Of course the insurance company doesn't want to pay up. Selling insurance has to be one of the lowest professions on the planet.

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from Shannon Weston wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

Um......breeding season for turkeys is in the SPRING, not FALL.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 31 weeks 4 days ago

Of course the insurance company doesn't want to pay up. Selling insurance has to be one of the lowest professions on the planet.

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from Buckshott00 wrote 31 weeks 2 days ago

She should get a gun, and take back her life.
NO MORE FEAR FROM FOWL!!! LOL!!!

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from charlie elk wrote 31 weeks 1 day ago

This turkey story is more than a little suspicious-
How big is the skylight it entered? A turkey's wingspan is 4 to 5 feet. Not many skylights are that big.
Skylights are double thermal paned usually with break resistant safety glass. Turkeys usually die when they hit a windshield and that's only single glass.
Turkey trashed the place and found his way out the same way he came in? Really?
No wonder the insurance company is investigating. Sounds a like possible fraud to me.

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from MWK_MN wrote 31 weeks 1 day ago

Felt "violated" and still frightened? Puhleease.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 31 weeks 15 hours ago

Charlie elk, I mostly agree with your points, but it says in the article that the turkey escaped through another window, not the same way it came in.
And a skylight would not have to be as wide or wider than a turkey's wingspan to allow entry - the wings do fold up smaller than that after all.
I do agree with you that a turkey should not be able to break a skylight window, but it doesn't say in the article that it actually did break the window.
So to me, the story does seem like a bit of a stretch, but the truth can be stranger than fiction!

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from LovesOutdoors wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

Insurance companies prefer not to pay for any claims submitted. Their claims adjuster works for the insurance company and will look out for company’s interest.

The home owner should hire her own insurance adjuster who will look out for her behalf. Her hired adjuster would get every damaged item paid in full; a cleaning company would clean the mess up and also the money for the hired contractor to install a new skylight.

Many New Jersey home owners lost their homes during tropical storm Sandy. If you didn’t have flood insurance you got nothing for water damage. The same goes for firearm insurance the insurance company will give you the maximum fee of two thousand dollars for all your firearms that were lost. Check in to it so you’re not burnt by your insurance company after a house fire.

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from charlie elk wrote 30 weeks 6 days ago

Well it would be fun to continue the detective work on this story but after doing some internet searching there are at least 20 different version of how the turkey got out of the house including a variety of windows, an open door, even a pet door.
Seems the only common fact is the turkey came in the skylight. A skylight does not open entirely to the sky, if it did rain would pour in if it were left open accidently. Rather they open not more than a 45 degree angle more commonly only a 25 degree angle. So I would speculate, if the turkey came in that way he had to land on the roof, stoop and crawl in pushing the screen or tearing it out of the way...Yea right.
later,
charlie

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