Jaywalking Turkeys Come After Idaho Deputy

A trio of turkeys in a rural part of Ada County, Idaho, ruffled the feathers of a sheriff’s deputy on February 16 when they trotted across the road and right up on the law enforcement officer, menacing him with aggressive gobbling sounds.

This video, posted by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, shows Deputy Bryce Bienz on Eagle Road in Kuna trying to shoo the large birds out of the road. Bienz had just finished giving a driver a traffic warning.

“First they went to the car Bienz had pulled over,” the Facebook post said. “That person carefully pulled out, but the turkeys remained on the road. Bienz decided to shoo them away so they didn’t cause a crash – and they really didn’t like that.”

The video shows Bienz “bocking” at the turkeys and tapping a baton at them. The belligerent birds then chase him into his vehicle.

The department wrote on Facebook, “It’s not uncommon for our deputies to encounter folks during a traffic stop who might not be thrilled to see them … Sometimes, however, they run up against hard cases who just aren’t interested in listening, or talking, or anything, really.” Credit: Ada County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful