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Partridge attacking snowmobile riders in Temple

TEMPLE (WGME) -- A bird is causing problems snowmobilers in Temple. A partridge has staked claim to a portion of wooded trail and is attacking drivers.

Handwritten signs posted along the trail say attack partridge ahead, to warn riders of the potential danger. A trail guide says this is rare behavior for partridges, which are usually considered to be elusive.

The guide says despite the problems, its important to protect the birds safety. He says the bird is territorial and is likely afraid of the sound made by snowmobilers.