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Runners have been attacked by owls


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#1    Big Bad Voodoo

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:04 PM

http://news.discover...wls-120927.html



In the past month, four runners have been attacked by owls in separate incidents, Runner's World magazine notes.

Two of the attacks occurred near Washington, D.C., one in England, and one in Vancouver. Two happened at dusk, and two in early morning, by different species of owls. No one was seriously injured, but the 17-year-old British boy was knocked off his feet.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 01:08 PM

i bet their iPod's irritate the owls, the sound of just jogging wouldn't be enough for an attack. maybe its mating season

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 03:09 AM

That is scary...well for me at least. ever since I was a child i was scared of owls. i use to have horrible dreams with them in it accompanied with lights and faceless beings. they always made their presence to me in them. poor runners....word of advice.....run faster

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:46 PM

Maybe they are getting tired of them running by waking them up.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 10:23 AM

lol joey u sure your not experiencing something of the forth kind? haha


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:50 AM

It makes me laugh that we consider animals to be attacking us when daily we destroy more and more of their natural habits.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:52 PM

I love owls. Hope they don't get culled


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:11 PM

Maybe they just now saw the Hitchcock movie "The Birds"?

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:22 PM

View PostKittenmaia, on 14 October 2012 - 11:50 AM, said:

It makes me laugh that we consider animals to be attacking us when daily we destroy more and more of their natural habits.

Just like when a beaver destroys a fishes habitat by building a dam or an owl destroys a squirrels habitat by nesting or a bear destroys a bees habitat by cracking it open to get at the grubs? It amazes me how many people hate humanity. Humans do more to try and live in peace with the other animals around them then any other creature on this planet.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:43 PM

Are you trolling know-nothing?


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 08:11 PM

A few weeks back there was a spate of large bird 'attacks' on walkers in the woods locally, some suspected it was an escaped or loose captive bird of prey - will have to find the links and any update.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 08:37 PM

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Are you trolling know-nothing?




He makes a good point - we're one of the few species that actually cares about how other species around us are faring/doing.


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Posted 15 October 2012 - 01:56 AM

WE do? Really? May a small percentage but not enough to make a difference. Not by far. Most animals have to come close to extinction at our hand -directly or indirectly before we so much as begin to react.


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Posted 15 October 2012 - 04:16 AM

View Postjoeyluislopez, on 13 October 2012 - 03:09 AM, said:

That is scary...well for me at least. ever since I was a child i was scared of owls. i use to have horrible dreams with them in it accompanied with lights and faceless beings. they always made their presence to me in them. poor runners....word of advice.....run faster

Book advice, "I Heard the Owl Call My Name" by Margaret Craven.

Owls aren't evil, they're just inquisitive. Hence, maybe, their association with wisdom.

Years ago on a wood lot (post harvest) the new trees were about 15 - 20 feet tall. I had a small owl land next to me, probably by accident (when he landed I actually jumped). The look on his face was priceless. When we both realized we were about 6 feet apart, he gave me the old "If I pretend to not see you, will you pretend as well?"

I gave him the same furtive look. He glanced at me over his shoulder a few times, turned his body while he was doing so, and flew off a few more feet.

I knew later that while I was walking through the wood lot I was kicking up mice and shrews for him to eat. He just didn't expect the 'big dumb beast' that was doing him the favour, to come eye to eye with him.

Edited by Likely Guy, 15 October 2012 - 04:22 AM.


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Posted 15 October 2012 - 04:35 AM

View PostChooky88, on 14 October 2012 - 02:52 PM, said:

I love owls. Hope they don't get culled

Chooky, amazing avatar. For those that haven't noticed, scroll up and look at the baby's T-shirt (the dog has second thoughts, except he's willing).

And yes, the term 'cull'. Definition: originally, (usually a mass) killing of an inconvenient creature of nature for humankind's (usually secondary) benefit.

Edited by Likely Guy, 15 October 2012 - 04:44 AM.





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