Police capture turkey break-in


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW/Gray News) – A wild turkey flew through a second-story window of a Wisconsin apartment on Friday, prompting police to come rescue the bird and release it.

Doris Madden lives at City Walk Apartments in Wausau. She said WSAW she was suspicious on Friday when she noticed the broken window.

“We had no idea what caused it or if anyone was even home,” Madden said.

She called the apartment manager, who asked maintenance to investigate.

“When he opened the door, there is the turkey. And he thought, ‘I’m not going to try to catch that thing.’ So he called the police station for animal control,” Madden said.

Wausau Police Department Patrol Captain Todd Baeten said they only have one human officer, so most of the time, even for animal calls, the patrollers are first on the streets. premises.

“They just have to try to do the best they can with the information they have and the equipment they have,” he said.

Baeten says he’s proud of how officers handled the situation, showing how adaptable the department is. Police said they also did their best to protect the bird from harm by using long gloves and a fishing net to capture the wild bird.

“It really highlights the unpredictable nature of the work our officers are asked to do at any given time,” Baeten said.

Madden said the entire building was “talking turkey” after the incident.

“I think it’s kind of funny. I’m just glad it’s not my apartment,” Madden said.

Police say they released the turkey safe and sound after capture.

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