ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) – The Brookwood Hills neighborhood is on excessive alert following a peculiar barred owl that has repeatedly attacked individuals.
“I felt one thing come down and seize me within the head,” mentioned Wealthy Perkey. “I wish to really feel comfy working across the neighborhood with out worrying about talons moving into my scalp.”
Specialists report that it’s uncommon to be attacked by an owl, but when it does occur, it’s often earlier than winter after they’re making an attempt to scare away the competitors. However curiously, the Brookwood Hills owl has continued to wreak havoc for months.
“We had been right down to about 40 incidents, however I believe these 40 individuals, a few of them, had been really hit a number of occasions. So I perceive we’re as much as nearly 80 now,” Elizabeth Buyarski mentioned.
MNR agrees that this can be a very weird state of affairs.
“What we expect occurred was that this owl was raised by somebody. When it fell out of the nest, this chick and somebody raised it and it imprinted itself on an individual,” mentioned Kaitlin Goode, city wildlife program supervisor at Georgia DNR.
She mentioned she believed he was making an attempt to get individuals’s consideration and get meals from them.
The DNR stalked the neighborhood making an attempt to catch the owl and surprisingly for them they nearly bought shut.
“Now we have nets with us as we stroll. He got here and fell on one in all our workers and I noticed him. Very shocked, it by no means works,” Goode mentioned.
Neighbors mentioned the assaults largely occurred at nightfall and daybreak, but in addition occurred in the course of the day, and he isn’t afraid of teams.
“They had been ready for the varsity bus and so they had been simply youngsters and he simply determined he needed to play and began melting and coming in the direction of them,” Buyarski mentioned.
Goode mentioned they are going to be out within the neighborhood subsequent week, marching by way of the streets in an try to catch the owl. They can even arrange a entice throughout their keep containing stay mice. She mentioned it wasn’t a straightforward job and will take weeks, however thinks for everybody’s security, together with the owl’s, it’s greatest to maneuver her.
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