Wild turkeys are running amok in the Boston area, startling, amusing and even chasing residents who have had close encounters with them on the street.

Previously alien to these parts, after having been wiped out long ago, the gobbling fowl are suddenly back and bigger than ever, descending with gusto upon suburbia, according to The Boston Globe.

The brazen little creatures have been so rampant that local police now get up to a dozen calls about them a day.

One woman jumped — and gasped — when she came face-to-face with a turkey right after she parked her car at a meter in Brookline, the Globe reported. But the showdown didn't stop there. The turkey ran after the woman after they locked eyes, gobbling and pecking at her bottom during the chase.

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