Video: Idaho deputy attempts to shoo obstinate turkeys out of road

In the video, Deputy Bryce Bienz struggles to negotiate with three uncooperative birds as he attempts to get them out of the roadway


Hayley Harding
The Idaho Statesman

KUNA, Idaho — Why did the turkeys cross the road?

In Kuna last week, it sure wasn’t because an Ada County sheriff’s deputy asked nicely.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office posted a video to Facebook on Tuesday documenting Deputy Bryce Bienz’s struggle to clear three big turkeys out of the road.

Patrick Orr, spokesman for the Ada County sheriff’s office, said Bienz had just finished giving a driver a warning on Eagle Road when the turkeys approach that driver’s car. The driver negotiated around the turkeys, and Bienz decided to get them out of the road so they wouldn’t cause a crash.

That where the footage, recorded on his body camera, picks up. It shows Bienz approaching the turkeys in the two-lane road.

“Hey, go home,” he tells the turkeys in the video, waving his arms. “Go home! Go home!”

 

It’s not uncommon for our deputies to encounter folks during a traffic stop who might not be thrilled to see them. That’s just a reality of law enforcement – and totally understandable. By the end, these things usually work themselves out. Sometimes, however, they run up against hard-cases who just aren’t interested in listening, or talking, or anything, really. Last Sunday was one of those days for Dep. Bryce Bienz. Bienz had just finished up giving a driver a warning on Eagle Road in Kuna Feb. 16 and was back in his patrol Tahoe when the turkeys decided they didn’t like what was going on – and were going to let Bienz know about it. First they went to the car Bienz had pulled over. That person carefully pulled out but the turkeys remained on the road. Bienz decided to shoo them away so they didn’t cause a crash – and they really didn’t like that. (P.S. - Be sure to turn the sound on!)

Posted by Ada County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The turkeys did not take the commands very well.

Gobbling loudly, they started running toward Bienz, who then took out his baton and smacked it against the road. He yelled at the turkeys to get back, but they were not having it.

The turkeys followed Bienz to his vehicle as he laughed and tried in vain to get them out of the road. The turkeys continued to gobble, and at one point it in the video it appears that Bienz does as well.

“Will you guys just get out of the road?” he asks the turkeys about two minutes into the video.

A caption then pops up on the video, telling the viewer that “the negotiation lasts for another minute or so, but they just aren’t cooperating.”

The video shows a truck approaching from the other direction, and the driver asks the deputy if he needs any help. But then the turkeys just start running toward Bienz again.

“Get out of the road,” he tells them, laughing.

After Bienz eventually climbed into his vehicle, still laughing, the turkeys were still in the road or right beside it.

“Those guys are angry,” Bienz says.

In its caption with the video, the Sheriff’s Office says that it’s just “a reality of law enforcement” that sometimes deputies come across those who aren’t excited to see them.

“By the end, these things usually work themselves out,” the post reads. “Sometimes, however, they run up against hard-cases who just aren’t interested in listening, or talking, or anything, really. Last Sunday was one of those days for Dep. Bryce Bienz.”

Orr said it took about four minutes to get the turkeys off the road fully.

“It would be hard to say anybody learned anything from this incident,” he wrote in an email.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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