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Joggers in an Oregon park are being attacked by an angry owl

Joggers in an Oregon park are being attacked by an angry owl

Joggers in an Oregon park are being attacked by an angry owl

A flying fiend which has been attacking joggers in an Oregon park is a notorious barred owl, experts say - a species the US government is spending millions to kill.

One runner who was attacked in Salem on January 13 said he thought he was having a stroke when the bird twice struck him on the head.

Barred owls are particularly territorial and vicious during their mating season, which lasts a few more weeks.

A great horned owl was initially suspected, but according to the Salem Statesman Journal, Audubon Society birders have now identified it as a barred owl, an invasive species from the east that is the greatest threat to northern spotted owls, a threatened species.

The US Forest Service is engaged in a 3.5 million-dollar (£2.3m) experiment to see if shooting barred owls will help spotted owls turn around their downward population trend.

PA Media