Large bird attacks Oregon jogger; owl is blamed for strikes

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon jogger thought someone knocked him in the head or he got hit by lightning or may have suffered a stroke when he felt a big blow to the head last week as he was jogging in Bush’s Pasture Park.

When the 58-year-old man, Ron Jaecks of Salem, was struck a second time he saw a large winged animal he thought was a massive bat.

Willamette University biology Professor David Craig told the Statesman Journal (http://stjr.nl/1CsmcUF ) the attacker was likely an owl.

Great horned owls are nesting in January and are known to attack anything they think threatens their nest.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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