NW In Brief 11/11


SEATTLE

Owls attacking visitors in some Seattle-area parks

Barred owls have been swooping down on people in Seattle-area parks.

A ranger at Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland, Mary Welborn, says people have been clawed enough to draw blood in a handful of incidents.

King County has closed parts of the Soaring Eagle regional park in Sammamish because of similar attacks.

The state Fish and Wildlife Department told KING TV the owls are young ones that are territorial about new nesting spots.

Rangers say the owls seem to target people wearing head phones and women wearing their hair in pony tails.

SEATTLE

State may ban some octopus hunting near Seattle

The Washington Fish & Wildlife Department says it will consider banning octopus hunting near popular Seattle beaches and possibly other areas of Puget Sound where divers enjoy watching the animals.

The department said Thursday it would hold public meetings this winter on the proposed ban.

The move is a response to the outrage that erupted last week after a 19-year-old diver wrestled a giant Pacific octopus onto a popular West Seattle beach.

The Associated Press