Salem Angry Birds: the Sequel
In a comparable event to last year’s aggressive owl in Bush Park, an angry pheasant has appeared in West Salem, a Statesman Journal article details. Last time, the attacks attracted national attention after appearing on the Rachel Maddow show, and sparked the appearance of specialize bright yellow warning signs in the park.
A landscaper in the Wallace Hill neighborhood allegedly called his boss, who then proceeded to call the Polk County Sheriff’s department to report a “menacing chicken or wild turkey,” as the article said, according to DeAnna Koolovitz. Koolovitz lives in West Salem with her husband, Ryan Koolovitz, and their two children. The sheriff’s department claimed they did not respond to the report as it was cancelled before one of their officers could have been dispatched.
The bird is known as “Ellen” to Koolovitz’ two children, Morgan Van Otterloo, 13, and Jake Van Otterloo, 11, and claims that it is not a threat. Ellen is most likely a male pheasant due to its brightly colored face, neck, and collar. He frequents and neighborhood and has never been disruptive, and is in fact a sort of celebrity in the neighborhood.
“We just love him,” Koolovitz said in the article. “He likes people. He was just sitting on the fence watching the landscaper carefully. I never saw him attack anyone.”
She remembers that the landscapers once directed a leaf blowers towards the bird, and suspected that Ellen remembers as well, and was just being cautious towards the worker with the power tools.
Many people in the neighborhood confess to feeding and admiring the pheasant. Even the UPS man has taken notice. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, however, discourages feeding wild animals for this reason exactly. According to them, Ellen is losing his fear of humans, causing issues like this.
It is also breeding season for male pheasants, which may account for any mildly elevated aggressiveness.
Michelle Dennehy, a Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman, believes that is everyone stops feeding the pheasant all will go back to normal. She also wants to remind everyone that pheasant season is not until September, so any discharge of firearms within city limits is unlawful.