Nuisance wild turkey put down by Rochester police after charging at kid

The turkey had been chasing motorists and pedestrians for weeks.
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An aggressive wild turkey that for weeks had been charging at pedestrians and motorists was shot dead by police after taking it too far.

The ill-tempered turkey, which had been nicknamed Jake, had been patrolling the area around 16th Street Southwest for weeks, occasionally charging at cars, bikers and pedestrians.

It had become a local social media celebrity, with Rochester residents posting pictures and video of Jake as he went about his business.

That all came to an end on Tuesday, however, when Jake crossed the line.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reports that local police had to kill the bird after he chased after a child riding a bicycle, which followed unsuccessful attempts by animal control to capture Jake.

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Interim Police Chief John Sherwin told the newspaper they'd been getting several calls a day about Jake pecking at cars and bikers, but added "it's an entirely different thing to go after a child."

Last week, Jake was in the news when he required a police escort out of traffic, as ABC 6 reported.

He was a popular figure among residents of the nearby Waters on Mayowood complex, as he spent his mornings at 16th Street and Mayowood Road.

This video shows Jake chasing a moped driver, giving you an idea of his aggressive behavior.

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