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Beware The Owl

Posted in Uncategorized by weirdoftheday on March 10, 2009

The Rolland F. Perry City Forest in Bangor, Maine is a great recreational area for those who love the outdoors, especially at this time of the year when there’s still tons of snow on the ground for cross-country skiers to get out there and do their stuff. Many of these skiers enjoy a nice moonlit exercise long after the sun has disappeared from the horizon and everyone else has retired for the day. 

However, some of these late-night skiers found that they were not alone out on the trail. A mysterious attacker has been wreaking havoc among the forest’s visitors, silently swooping down toward its victims and giving them a good whack on the back of the head, leaving them panicked, frightened, and in some cases dazed. Luckily, very few injuries were suffered, the worst of them being small lacerations on the back of the head.

The suspected culprit of these attacks is a very cranky and territorial owl(s). Researchers say that it may be the great horned owl, one of the largest species of owl in North America. It is likely that one or more owls have nests somewhere nearby and they are simply trying to protect their territory. Warning signs were posted at three entry points to the woods to make skiers and hikers aware of the situation. Some good advice would be to wear thick, cushy headgear because these birds of prey are equipped with sharp beaks and talons designed to shred. 

Lions, tigers and owls, oh my!

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