Owl attacking joggers in Salem park

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SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — It’s not something you hear everyday — but owls are attacking people in Salem.

The attacks have happened in Bush’s Pasture Park. One man, who was attacked twice, thought he was having a stroke or an aneurysm when the owl silently swooped down onto his head.

The barred owl attacked the jogging man at 5:30 a.m., one of three reported attacks.

Willamette University biology professor David Craig told KOIN 6 News the barred owls, related to the spotted owls, are normally found in rural wooded areas in the east. He and his students believe it’s just this one owl living in the park attacking humans rather than their normel prey like squirrels and birds.

After the third attack, park worker put up warning signs and suggested hard hats.

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