Make Way for . . . Turkeys?

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER The infamous Niskayuna Turkey who has it's own Twitter page, crosses Route 7 at the intersection of Balltown Road in Niskayuna stopping traffic in its path Wednesday, November 23, 2016.PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER The infamous Niskayuna Turkey who has it's own Twitter page, crosses Route 7 at the intersection of Balltown Road in Niskayuna stopping traffic in its path Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

BY INDIANA NASH

Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA-Thanksgiving may be over, but a turkey is still making its mark on Niskayuna.

It is know as the Niska Turkey and it has its own Twitter handle (@Niskaturkey7).

Residents who drive down Route 7 and Balltown Road are probably already familiar with the creature.

For those who do not frequent those roads, here’s the deal. A turkey has made the roadway its coop.

It has been known to stop traffic and to give local children a reason to yell morning greetings out the school bus windows.

A few residents have expressed concern for the turkey’s health and safety, worried that it be hit by a vehicle or that it’s injured.

Niskayuna Deputy Chief Michael Stevens said that the department has been getting loads of calls about the turkey.

”We’ve been dealing with this for almost three months now,” Stevens said.

However, because the turkey is wild and is not posing an immediate danger to people, Stevens said that there isn’t really anything the department can do about the turkey.

According to Stevens, a few residents have tried to catch the Niska Turkey but they have not been successful.

He said that there really aren’t any safety concerns to residents, but he does not recommend that anyone attempts to capture the turkey as it can be aggressive.

Stevens and fellow officers have seen the turkey walk along Route 7 as far as Congregation Agudat Achim.

“He’s actually pretty entertaining,” Stevens said. One time, Stevens attempted to hurry the turkey along with his air horn, to which the turkey continued to cross at a leisurely pace.  

When driving into the territory of Niska Turkey, be prepared to stop.

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER The infamous Niskayuna Turkey who has it's own Twitter page, crosses Route 7 at the intersection of Balltown Road in Niskayuna stopping traffic in its path Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER The infamous Niskayuna Turkey who has it’s own Twitter page, crosses Route 7 at the intersection of Balltown Road in Niskayuna stopping traffic in its path Wednesday, November 23, 2016.