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Owl viciously attacks rabbit hunter near Digby, N.S.
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:50:38 AM »
A 55-year-old rabbit hunter from Nova Scotia's Digby County is recovering from an attack by a cranky owl on Tuesday night.

Kevin O'Neil said he was checking on his snares on shore after a day of lobster fishing when he saw an owl in a nearby tree.

"I kind of looked up at it jokingly and said to it, 'You bugger, you better not be eating my rabbits,'" he said.

A few minutes later O'Neil says he heard a swoosh coming at him in the dark.

"It swooped down and struck me right in the face. Feet first," he said.

"Drove three of its talons in my forehead and the other three right around my right eye. One in the corner, one in my eyebrow and one in the corner of my nose. The blood just started running out of me. It knocked me down."

O'Neil said he was carrying a shotgun and turned it on the owl as it returned to a tree. The owl didn't attack again so he walked out of the woods without firing.

"He's one lucky owl, that's all I can say," he said.

O'Neil said he thinks the bird, likely a barred owl, might have been protecting a nest. 

He has several cuts around his eye, but said two days after the attack he's recovering well.

"It was pretty freaky," he said. "It was different."

O'Neil said hes an avid woodsman and photographer who loves nature, just not when it comes that close.

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Re: Owl viciously attacks rabbit hunter near Digby, N.S.
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 03:35:45 PM »
wow... :o interesting story...
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Re: Owl viciously attacks rabbit hunter near Digby, N.S.
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 03:50:57 PM »
We better tell Speckle55 (Dave) to watch out for that owl after all the rabbits he has taken.......... ;)
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Re: Owl viciously attacks rabbit hunter near Digby, N.S.
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 07:35:28 PM »
          I don't trust them things.  I was sneaking into an elk spot last fall and spooked one.  It flew about five feet to another tree and then turned around and started making some of the weirdest noises.  Eventually it flew off and I chalked it up to a neat experience but guess I should be thankful it didn't want to throw down lol. 

         
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