As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Salem warns of aggressive owls after multiple attacks

Alisha Roemeling, Statesman Journal6:05 p.m. PST January 31, 2015

An owl has struck again in Bush's Pasture Park, swooping down on the scalps of unsuspecting joggers.

After multiple reports this month of runners being attacked by the large birds, city parks workers have placed signs in the park to warn people of aggressive owls during nesting season.

Two signs were erected this week near the eastern wooded area of the park, near the parking lot on Mission Street SE. The sign indicates that the trail is closed, but the area is not roped off.

According to Keith Keever with the Parks Operations Division, the city was alerted to an owl attack Monday, which prompted them to briefly close the area. Monday's report was the second in three weeks. The city received a third report of an owl encounter Wednesday evening.

"We closed the area for about an hour Monday morning following the recommendation of some Audubon experts," said Keever. "But we can't close all the trails in the park, so we decided to just put up some warning signs so people know about the issue."

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