NJ Turnpike is no place for a turkey

A wild turkey rests near the toll booths at exit 14B of the New Jersey Turnpike in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2009. The turkey, who toll workers named Tammy, was caught Wednesday by New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists after spending about two months in the area. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

November 18, 2009 3:18:12 PM PST
A wild turkey that has been playing chicken along the New Jersey Turnpike won't have to dodge Thanksgiving traffic. State Fish and Wildlife officials netted the bird Wednesday after failed attempts during the weekend.

The turkey has been trotting around toll booths at the 14B interchange in Jersey City since August.

Toll collectors began putting road construction cones on their parked cars to prevent the turkey from jumping onto their vehicles. They named the bird "Tammy the Turnpike Turkey."

Turnpike officials decided to remove the turkey because complaints from drivers intensified.

Turnpike spokesman Joe Orlando says the bird will not end up on a Thanksgiving table. It will go to live at the Popcorn Zoo in Lacey Township.