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Posted on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 6:30 p.m.

Fowl play: Turkey keeps watch over state police troopers in Brighton

By Kyle Feldscher

The Michigan State Police trooper could feel the eyes staring at him. The uneasy pressure of being watched simply wouldn’t go away, even though nothing was in sight.

He turned around, and looked out the glass door of the Brighton post, thinking this feeling was for the birds. He was partly right.


This turkey has stationed itself outside the Michigan State Police post in Brighton. Rumors that the bird was gobbling up treats were unconfirmed Monday.

Courtesy of Michigan State Police

Sgt. Mark Thompson said the trooper was, in fact, being watched by a bird — a turkey, to be precise. Thompson said the bird has been hanging around the post, 4803 Old US-23, throughout the day.

The bird seems friendly — unlike one of its brethren that’s been stalking a Commerce Township woman — and the troopers have adjusted to its presence, Thompson said.

Still, troopers came to a consensus, Thompson said. “They would exit the post through the garage door to load their gear into the patrol cars.”

The Brighton post has patrolled Washtenaw County since the Ypsilanti post closed in October.

Apparently the turkey fancies itself a sort of watchdog — it returned several times throughout the day to look through the glass door of the post, often just sitting on the door mat and watching what goes on inside, Thompson said.

Local crime reporters were rumored to be jealous of the turkey’s access to the post.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


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Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 3:31 p.m.

Cool story! Thank you.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 4:14 a.m.

Aaah, call her Miss T (I don't see a beard) and give her some shelled corn. I have 6 toms in my back yard nearly everyday. My neighbor got some nice close up pictures, they are a beautiful bird.


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 3:53 a.m.

Watching the detectives It's just like watching the detectives Watching the detectives Watching the detectives


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 1:16 a.m.

Very funny, Kyle. cute story!


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 12:53 a.m.

So many guns ... and only one turkey. Sigh. I'm truly delighted that Michigan's wild turkey restoration program is such a success. The last known wild turkey in the state was killed in Van Buren County in 1897 - but in 1954 Michigan began planting wild turkeys from Pennsylvania in Allegan County. Now they're spread throughout our state. Hunting season is in April, by the way, so that gobbler may be smarter than it looks. What a great hideout from the hunters!


Tue, Mar 27, 2012 : 12:27 a.m.

Brillant end line, have to give Mr. Feldscher credit for that one!