Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I am a chicken

It seems there is an issue over who’s allowed to be on the trail used by late night skiers in Bangor Maine. The skiers say it’s them; an owl has a different opinion.

A great horned owl has apparently decided that East Trail in the Rolland F. Perry City Forest belongs to him. He’s attacked at least 8 skiers and several dogs over the past three weeks.

One skier, Jim Allen, said “…all of a sudden, I felt a whack in the back of my head and this stinging…” Luckily he had a thick winter hat on and that protected him from the bird’s talons. Other skiers haven’t been that lucky.

Dr. Dan Cassidy, a local physician, said he had treated three skiers for lacerations after they had also been attacked by the owl. The city has posted warning signs to alert skiers and hikers of the threat.

I don’t know about you but I think I’d postpone any skiing I had planned if it was in the near future. I’m just a big chicken though. And owls scare me. I know that sounds bad *lol* but they really do. All hunting, meat eating, long, sharp talon bearing birds scare me. On the other hand, if people do stop going in the area because of the owl, it may decide it’s a good place to stay. I don’t know for sure about any of that…except that I would be scared.


One afterthought... Stephen King is from Bangor Maine. Do I need to say more about where this story took my mind?


Neen said...

At the zoo we called the predatory birds "BOPS" (Birds of Prey)...seems an appropriate name *L*

maryt/theteach said...

Oh Kathy, that's one mean looking owl that I'd stay away from! :)

maryt/theteach said...

Kathy, did I tell you guessed the limerick almost exactly? Don't tell anyone... I'll post who said what later today and have links to every one's blogs... Thanks for playing! :)

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