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Seattle residents flee attacking crows

Seattle Gears Up For Crow Attacks

When we think of fending off an attack, another human usually comes to mind, right? But what would you do if your attacker flew in from above? Fox News reports that Seattle residents ran through the streets as angry crows swooped down on their heads.

A local resident thinks he might have offended the birds when he saved a baby robin they were about to eat. Although the incident took place in 2012, the media recently picked up the story - and the man who thinks he caused the attack still might not be off the hook.

"Experts say crows don't forget a face, did you know that? They can recognize someone after a year?"

In fact, Discovery says studies say crows might be able to remember people's faces for up to FIVE years. And it gets even worse: Not only can a crow remember a face, but when it feels threatened, it flies overhead and cackles. This often brings in more crows who learn the face, too.

That resident might need to be on high alert for the remainder of the year. But just because you didn't tick off a crow doesn't mean you're safe.

In fact, innocent bystanders are often caught up in these kinds of stand-offs during the summer. The Seattle Times even maps the season's incidents so residents can take detours.

So why all the hostility?

According to mynorthwest.com, this is the season when young crows are leaving their nests for the first time -- the problem is they aren't particularly good at flying. In fact, they often end up on the ground, which is why their fierce parents feel the need to protect them.

To protect yourself, crow expert John Marzluff says: "Something [that] works really well is [facing] the bird that's attacking. They usually only come from behind, so if you look at the bird, they'll typically not do anything. It might get a little tiring walking backwards for awhile but that does work."

After seeing that video, we'll take any tips we can get. Alfred Hitchcock's movie was already giving us nightmares.

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BroPower June 06 2014 at 8:16 AM

Black crows use the same tactics as inner-city gangs.

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BOB BroPower June 06 2014 at 8:35 AM

being black isnt a tactic

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chefjohnp June 06 2014 at 7:17 AM

Crows are actually natures alarm system. We raise chickens and the crows call out when there is danger. A certain call warns an air attack, and another call will denote a ground attack. Our chickens on hearing a certain call will either look up, freeze or get the hell out of the area. It is remarkable to witness.

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cbcmkting June 06 2014 at 8:17 AM

Looks like it doesn't matter if the "brother" is human or a bird..black is black....defend yourself...

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onionson June 06 2014 at 6:38 AM

I don't like them young crows. I like Old Crow.

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emoore2927 June 06 2014 at 7:23 AM

Learn to eat crow.

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boardsrbetter emoore2927 June 06 2014 at 9:06 AM


+1 to you sir

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norarthur June 06 2014 at 6:41 AM

I don't think I want to find out if walking backwards works or not don't want my eyes pecked out
Also if you are a gardener you can't plant corn with crows watching and you have to make sure each kernel is covered good because if they find one they will go straight down the row and eat every kernel
They won't mess up the rest of the garden just the one row I know this because I've make this mistake

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Mike June 06 2014 at 6:19 AM

This article is for the birds...

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laferiabil June 06 2014 at 10:29 AM

A Tennis racket and a good forehand smash will usually solve the problem There are no restrictions on Crows because they are a pest bird plus it is good practice for your next tennis match!!

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Brad laferiabil June 06 2014 at 1:52 PM


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BlackDeep June 06 2014 at 10:03 AM

Crows are very smart birds. They mate for life, are social and work as a group to protect each other.

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ross allen BlackDeep June 06 2014 at 2:55 PM

They are also disease carriers, not mention they will move in to an area and more or less take it over by eating other birds eggs and their young. Yes, they are pests and most likely the most obnoxious bird in the bird kingdom. If your living out in the country and they're making a nuisance around your property just get the shotgun gun out and drop one. The rest get the message and stay away.

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zmlyons1 ross allen June 06 2014 at 4:45 PM

How intelligent is THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish people were so smart..............

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JEFFERSODA ross allen June 06 2014 at 5:00 PM

How about a .17 caliber pellet rifle?

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pld9568 BlackDeep June 06 2014 at 6:02 PM

Crows are unbelievably smart. Our local crows used to eat our german shepherd dogs leftover kibble as well as his "joint supplement" pills. When our dog died last year the Crows continued to look for his food and his water supply. They would come to the window and "knock" with their bills. They left for awhile, but have returned. They cackle early in the morning, tear at our patio cushions and drop dirt on our patio.
NOT JOKING about this. I have read articles on Crows and the indicator is that they DO NOT FORGET.
No, I am not going to start feeding the crows... that would perpetuate the problem.

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almasearch June 06 2014 at 9:36 AM

If they won't "attack" a person when they're faced, the people in this neighborhood should just carry a mask, and wear it backwards when they're walking down that particular road. Either that or carry a bat. LOL

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janieturnage almasearch June 06 2014 at 10:07 AM

Did you know that some animals and insects are equipped with natural markings that look like another face just to protect themselves from predators. Some butterflies, for example. We are wonderfully made. Loved your comment. Keep them coming.

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