It was a call from the postmaster that tipped police off to a mailman being attacked by a flock of wild turkeys in Hillsdale on Tuesday.

"You're not going to believe this, but I have a carrier being attacked by wild turkeys that won't let him deliver the deliver the mail," the postmaster said in a 911 call.

The dispatcher laughed as he repeated the location of the carrier.

"This has been going on. It's crazy. They were attacking, biting, they chase the trucks, everything," the postmaster told the dispatcher, who responded with a "wow" at the account.

Police told the Record that the turkeys had the carrier's truck surrounded on Esplanade Drive but the responding officer was able to shoo them away by simply walking toward them.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife reintroduced wild turkeys to the state in 1977 after the disappeared in the mid-1800s. The statewide population of wild turkey is now estimated at 20,000 to 23,000, with an annual harvest of approximately 3,000 birds, according to the DEP.

A wild turkey hunt begins on Monday.

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