Warning issued for skiers after owl attack
NEW GLOUCESTER (WGME) – There’s a warning for cross-country skiers at Pineland Farm.
An aggressive owl is running amok among the trail, even dive-bombing a skier.
Pineland Farms has more than 5,000 acres across its property, most of which is shared by skiers as well as wildlife, and sometimes that wildlife doesn’t like us being there.
There's an understanding between skiers and their surroundings.
Everything from coyotes to birds call these trails home, including an owl.
Last week, officials with Pineland say a skier came to them after an owl dive bombed at him, scratching his face.
Safety coordinator Sam Barasier says the owl hasn't been spotted since, but they're still warning skiers to be careful.
"We don't want to incite panic; it's not like it's out there waiting for people, but we let them know, there's signs out there that say there's an aggressive owl that lives here," Barasier said.
Officials say they believe it's either a barred or great horned owl. They nest this time of year, and become very territorial, striking without warning.
But that hasn't stopped anyone from hitting the trails.
Pineland Farms says they have no intention of closing the trail the owl is on, and hope skiers will be extra cautious.