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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