HILLSDALE - A letter carrier was trapped inside his mail truck by a group of turkeys Tuesday and had to be rescued by police.

The Hillsdale postmaster called police around noon Tuesday to report that one of his letter carriers could not get out of the truck because it was surrounded by the birds.

“This has been going on.  It's crazy.  I mean they're actually attacking, biting, they chase the trucks, everything,” the postmaster told police.

The responding officers soon managed to scare the turkeys away so the letter carrier could continue his route. But he did have to skip three homes due to the incident.

“The safety of our employees is a top priority. We are treating this incident like any other animal attack,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesman George Flood.

Flood said that the postal worker was not hurt and was able to go back to the three homes he skipped later in the day.

The turkeys eventually moved on to a nearby wooded area.

Wild turkeys neared extinction a few decades ago but have made a comeback in New Jersey in recent years.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.