As streets around the world become deserted, nature is quietly regaining the upper hand, daring to venture onto previously avoided paths. Right here in Montreal, wild turkeys are taking advantage of human isolation. Josianne Plante, a resident of the borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, shared images of the animals casually taking a stroll through her neighbourhood.

"This morning, a little visit on my street in Pointe-aux-Trembles. Wild turkeys!!" she wrote alongside the post.

"During our quarantine, nature takes back its rights."

The publication garnered almost 600 likes in less than three hours.

Many commenters question how the turkeys could have reached Pointe-aux-Trembles, a largely industrial area.

But whatever their route, Plante isn't taking any chances.

She told Narcity Québec that she plans on being cautious on her next walk since wild turkeys can be unpredictable and even aggressive.

Naturally, her images quickly attracted the attention of memers, who revived the viral 2016 "dinde noire" report from TVA Nouvelles, which recounted Gatineau resident Céline Poulin's experience with a wild turkey attack in her home.

The local turkey population, meanwhile, continues to multiply.

Elsewhere in North America, they have become a public menace.

But the Quebec Ministry of Flora, Fauna, and Parks told MTL Blog in February that "aggressive behaviour" toward humans is still "rare" and "exceptional" in the province.

Though "a few road accidents involving wild turkeys have been reported to the [Ministry]," the "accidents usually cause minor damage."

In urban areas, "very little damage caused by wild turkeys is reported by citizens."

The Montreal SPCA told Narcity Québec that if Montreal residents spot turkeys, the best thing to do is simply "let them live."

So, if you come face to face with one of them, there is no reason to panic, but make sure you keep your distance to avoid taking unnecessary risks.


This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.

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