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Owl attacks on the increase

Posted on Sunday, 14 October, 2012 | Comment icon 37 comments | News tip by: the L

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Within the last month at least four runners have been attacked by hostile owls without provocation.

When out on a run the risks of being set upon by an owl are perhaps not the first thing on your mind, yet Runner's World magazine has revealed that such incidents are not unheard of. Attacks on runners over the last month have included two near Washington DC, one in Vancouver and one in England that involved a boy being knocked off his feet.

"Barred owls are so used to humans that they've pretty much lost all fear of them," said Rob Bierregaard who studies owls at the University of North Carolina. "But I can't stretch that to explain why an owl would pop a jogger on the back of the head. The only thing I can come up with is these are playful young."

"Other experts suggested that the owls may have been birds that people had previously attempted to rescue, and therefore weren't behaving as they naturally would in the wild."

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Comment icon #28 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 17 October, 2012, 2:37
Owls are awesome, but those talons would tear someone up.. not to mention the beak.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Bignose Goon on 17 October, 2012, 11:17
Owls about that then!
Comment icon #30 Posted by Capt Amerika on 17 October, 2012, 15:52
But if you live somewhere that people don't displace/kill off multitudes of animals by sprawling development, overfishing, overhunting, hunting for kicks, commercially overbreeding until 100's of thousands get sick and must be destroyed, burning their forests, altering entire ecosystems, introducing foreign predator species or simply pollute their land then good for you. Doesn't all have to be intentional but the end result is the same. Without us playing bad god/good god they'd be better off. You sure do seem to harbor an awful lot of hatred towards your fellow human beings. You may want to d... [More]
Comment icon #31 Posted by Emin on 17 October, 2012, 22:48
Yeah i almost got attacked by an owl once while up on my roof star gazing. Sure freaked me out, lol. Idk but it makes sense in a way that it is typical for things to attack other things that run so maybe its just doing what it do.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Marcin on 19 October, 2012, 1:20
Still not clear on trolling. Like trolling the forrest, i.e. looking around? Aren't we all doing that. The owls keep squirrels away? Uh oh, destroying their habitat and pushing them out. How are the squirrels stealing the walnuts? Aren't they every animals walnuts? Or aren't they the trees walnuts and anything else taking them is stealing them? Hey, let's just kill all humans, that'll make people like you happy. You brush your teeth today? You know how many things you killed by doing that? You drive a car? That kills tons of bugs every day by running through their natural habitat. You wear deo... [More]
Comment icon #33 Posted by Magiclass on 19 October, 2012, 15:11
I would be really pi**ed if someone came running through my prime hunting territory scaring all the prey!
Comment icon #34 Posted by Idano on 19 October, 2012, 17:17
"Barred owls are so used to humans that they've pretty much lost all fear of them," said Rob Bierregaard Wow me too go owls! "But I can't stretch that to explain why an owl would pop a jogger on the back of the head. Me either, bad day? The only thing I can come up with is these are playful young." Oh that's why I don't understand...I'm too old to play
Comment icon #35 Posted by Mr. Smith on 20 October, 2012, 1:46
You sure do seem to harbor an awful lot of hatred towards your fellow human beings. You may want to do some self reflection. I wont go out of my way to harm an animal but im not going to lose an ounce of sleep over their death either. If i go swimming in the ocean and get eaten by a shark are you going to protest the sharks? or are you going to say i should have moved away from where they are? Animals can move or die, not my problem. No not all of them, just rare few who think like you.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Ninhursag on 20 October, 2012, 12:32
I've always liked owls .. Then I watched The Fourth Kind.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Capt Amerika on 22 October, 2012, 12:13
No not all of them, just rare few who think like you. I believe i am in the vast majority of humans that will not harm animals for pleasure but will not put an animal ahead of another human or our need for survival.

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