Great Horned Owl not fond of late-night skiers

March 10, 2009

Maine (ChattahBox) – Cross-country skiers out for some exercise in Bangor’s city forest Over the past three weeks, have fallen victim to a great horned owl that swoops down from a tree with talons outstretched and smacks them on the head.

At least eight skiers and a few romping dogs have gotten wacked by the ornery or perhaps territorial owl. Experts think it’s a great horned owl, just protecting its nest. So far skiers have suffered lacerations, but none have required stitches.

City Foresters have posted warning signs Friday at three entry points on the East Trail in the Rolland F. Perry City Forest, alerting skiers and hikers about the threat of owl attacks.


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