You might think this is just something out of a cheesy sci-fi flick, but no, it’s real. The city of Salem, Oregon has an owl problem and these signs are an official part of the solution.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was the first to suggest the signs as a way to prevent possible injuries. According to Associated Press,
One jogger, a surgeon, said the owl hit him twice in Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem, and so hard he thought he was having a stroke or an aneurysm. Another said the bird swiped his longtime running cap and nicked his scalp.
Maddow suggested on air last week that the city should post a vivid yellow warning sign using the iconic pedestrian stick figure bent forward at a run. Above, claws extended, is a raptor.
Salem officials liked the idea.
Mark Becktel, parks and transportation services manager, said the city secured rights to reproduce the sign and is posting 20 of them.
“It’s just making people aware that there’s an owl there that for whatever reason swoops down and goes after people’s hats,” he said.
I don’t know how many of the signs the town purchased, but they better have extras because these things are going to be stolen to decorate dorm room across the country faster than an owl can swipe your hat.
See another picture after the break.
— City of Salem (@cityofsalem) February 12, 2015