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Aggressive owl targets cyclist and jogger in Tsawwassen

Delta Police are warning Tsawwassen residents to be on the lookout for an aggressive owl, after three people were attacked by an owl February 8 and 9.

A female jogger was apparently attacked around 6 am February 9 in the 1700 block of 56A Street. The attack was reported when a concerned man went outside to investigate after hearing screams, and was dive bombed twice by an angry owl. Police were unable to locate the jogger, though another witness also reported seeing the woman apparently being attacked from above.

Disclaimer – suspect owl species is unknown at this time, though the owl above is a Delta resident.

Later this morning a Delta resident reported her teenage son was attacked by a large owl while riding his bike through the South Delta Rec Centre parking lot the evening of February 8. The owl apparently grabbed onto the boy’s helmet as if it was trying to take it.

Police have not had any reports of injuries.

“Our officers reached out to the BC Conservation Office, and apparently this is not an uncommon occurrence,” says Cris Leykauf, public affairs coordinator for Delta Police. “Joggers and cyclists are recommended to pick a different route for the time being. And it seems they should avoid wearing toques or flashy head wear if travelling through that area.”