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June 11, 2011
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Video: Angry crows dive-bomb Wash. officers

'Aggressive' birds heckle police

Associated Press

EVERETT, Wash. — Police in Everett, Wash., have found themselves in a flap with some unusual suspects: an angry flock of birds.

Crows have been attacking officers in the parking lot of the Everett Police Department's north precinct station. They've been swooping down and dive-bombing the officers as they walk to and from their cars.

Lt. Bob Johns says he recently was flanked by the aggressive birds and "got zinged." He says, "They're like velociraptors."

The Daily Herald reports one officer tried to use his siren to scare away the crows. The birds responded by decorating his car with droppings.

State Fish and Wildlife Department biologist Ruth Milner says the birds are simply protecting baby crows that have been kicked out of the nest and are learning to fly. She says adult crows are quite protective of their young.

City spokeswoman Kate Reardon says police and other city employees who have been attacked have agreed to let the crows be and wait out the aggression.

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