Did you know that Owls can attack?

@LeaPea2417 (22370)
Toccoa, Georgia
January 11, 2018 2:32pm CST
I am not kidding, but I am very surprised. This is the first time I ever read that owls can attack. This happened in Atlanta. A man said he was walking in Mid Town and an owl swooped down and attacked him. He got a slash on the back of his head and he had a witness. A guy on a bicycle just happened to ride by at the moment of the attack and saw the whole thing. A few weeks earlier in Atlanta, a woman was walking her dog when an owl attacked her dog. When she tried to fight the owl off her dog, the owl attacked her. Also, another instance in a suburb of Atlanta happened. A woman was walking her dogs when an owl attacked one of her dogs. The dog died of the injuries. A wild life person said owl attacks are rare. But, they can happen when the owl confuses people or pets with food. Can you believe it? Have you ever heard of owls attacking people or dogs?
A man said he suffered a head injury after an owl swooped down and hit him in the back of the head w...
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@topffer (36363)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
11 Jan
I heard a few years ago of an eagle owl terrorising a town in Holland. It was targeting humans and hurt many people. They finally captured it after several months.
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Jan
Wow, that is interesting and scary.
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@topffer (36363)
• Djibouti, Djibouti
11 Jan
@LeaPea2417 Yes, the wings of an eagle owl may span 2 m, it is a very big owl and it could have been dangerous for children.
• United States
12 Jan
Wow, that owl must have had a hatred for humans.
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@amadeo (75587)
• United States
11 Jan
I supposed they can.Does most birds attack if needed.
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Jan
I have read where blue jays can attack people and animals like cats.
@amadeo (75587)
• United States
11 Jan
@LeaPea2417 I am not very surprised of this.
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@JudyEv (136556)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jan
I have heard of this once before. Maybe food is scarce at the moment hence the attacks on dogs.
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
12 Jan
That must be it.
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@Ishani08 (494)
• India
12 Jan
This is the first time I am ever hearing such a thing. It's really wierd. Owl killing a dog. Owl attacking humans. Very strange world! Thanks for the info, though.
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• Northampton, England
12 Jan
very cute
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• Northampton, England
12 Jan
@thedevilinme Ish, not the owls.
@Marty1 (36847)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
11 Jan
I can honestly say I didn't know an owl would attack let along multiple times. Was this the same owl that did all the attacks you mentioned? I am hoping i have no owls in my neighborhood. I have never seen one, so I have no idea?
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Jan
The different locations of the reports , it seems they were different owls.
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@Marty1 (36847)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
11 Jan
@LeaPea2417 Oh, I didn't know there were so many angry owls in the world?
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@nanette64 (18081)
• Fairfield, Texas
12 Jan
That is weird @LeaPea2417 . Those must have been some really hungry Owls.
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
12 Jan
I agree, very hungry
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@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
12 Jan
And here I am thinking that owls cannot harm people during the day cause they're nocturnal. Unless of course attacks happen at night. Well, end of the day, they are wild, and they are predators technically so still it is very possible. Here, we watch out for them breeding magpies. They can be very vile during Spring.
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
12 Jan
I think those people and dogs walking were walking late in the day nearly dark when it happened.
• United States
11 Jan
It's weird to think such a cute animal would attack, but all animals have natural instincts to attack when they feel they are in danger.
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Jan
That is true.
• United States
12 Jan
@LeaPea2417 I've heard of birds attacking people because they have a nest of little babies, but never just attack out of the blue. That's really scary, because owls also have sharp talons. I hope this isn't Alfred Hitchcock's vision coming true.
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
12 Jan
I agree. that Hitchcock movie always scared me.
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@celticeagle (120447)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Jan
Yes, I have heard of this but it only happens when they mistake a person for a animal or other food possibility. They aren't attacking us thinking we are their prey or anything. Just mistaken identity.
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
12 Jan
Yes, mistaken identity.
@shaggin (38419)
• United States
11 Jan
I just saw a video on Facebook where an owl attacked someone's dog. The little dogs like chiuahuhas can't be left outside here as we have owls and Eagles that carry them off. A friend of mine has lost quite a few chickens to the Eagles.
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
12 Jan
Wow, I never thought of Eagles carrying off chickens and chihuahuas!
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@JohnRoberts (64897)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Jan
Never heard heard of that. Owls must be hungry but you would think enough rodents for them.
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
12 Jan
I agree.
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@Corbin5 (119171)
• United States
11 Jan
Oh, I am so glad there are no owls in our neighborhood!
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@LeaPea2417 (22370)
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Jan
I don't think there are any in ours too, thank goodness.
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• Pamplona, Spain
14 Jan
In my life had I heard of that either. I have always thought of the Owl as our friend keeping the mice down and other small rodents as well. I suppose that it can happen for a reason but would not know what it is. They are very strong birds so if they go wild for some reason they would produce a very nasty attack on anyone.
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@SAM774 (4178)
12 Jan
Oo.... That's something I was not aware of....
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@just4him (128384)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Jan
That is surprising. They are a predatory bird, so it shouldn't be.
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@TRBRocks420 (84256)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Jan
Yes I knew they could attack, but it's not a usual thing.
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@Hannihar (44191)
12 Jan
I believe you about the owls. That is horrible. I can understand how the lady would want to save her dog.
@stapllotik (1252)
• India
12 Jan
May be the owl had a fight with his wife
@Ithink (10495)
• United States
12 Jan
We have owls here and yes they can attack but never heard of them attacking people. Hmm the Killer Owls?