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Winter jacket saves small dog from owl
upi ^ | Jan. 18, 2011

Posted on 01/18/2011 3:29:23 PM PST by JoeProBono

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill - An Illinois man credited his Chihuahua's winter jacket with saving the small canine from a great horned owl attack.

George Kalomiris said he was walking the 4-pound dog, Chico, in the early hours Wednesday in Crystal Lake when the owl swooped out of the darkness and tried to grab the canine, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.

However, Kalomiris said the owl could not get a good grip on Chico because of the dog's puffy winter jacket. He said the dog suffered scratches to his head and a puncture wound, but quickly recovered from the injuries.

Rebecca Murphy of the McHenry County Conservation District's Wildlife Resource Center told the Crystal Lake Northwest Herald the owls are "opportunistic" hunters.

"(Owls don't) know the difference between a pet animal or a prey animal," Murphy said. "With a small dog like that, there is a potential that larger raptor species could take them down."


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: chico; dog; owl
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1 posted on 01/18/2011 3:29:26 PM PST by JoeProBono
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"(Owls don't) know the difference between a pet animal or a prey animal," Murphy said.

I don't think they care, either.

2 posted on 01/18/2011 3:33:28 PM PST by Neanderthal
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3 posted on 01/18/2011 3:33:42 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: JoeProBono

4 pounds? Forget the owls, a nice breeze will blow that doggie away.


4 posted on 01/18/2011 3:40:09 PM PST by HerrBlucher ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." G.K. Chesterton)
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To: JoeProBono
Our friend was at a park near the duck pond which is surrounded by a very large grassy area, when all of a sudden he heard a woman screaming.

He looked over the see an eagle flying off with her little dog. Can you imagine?

5 posted on 01/18/2011 3:43:14 PM PST by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: Neanderthal

Pet animal or prey animal, to an owl both say the same thing...dinner.


6 posted on 01/18/2011 3:44:25 PM PST by JPG (YES SHE CAN!)
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To: JoeProBono
One summer evening our gray cat, Oslo, was being stubborn and refusing to come in out of our field (this was about 10 years ago).

We called and called - we do NOT allow out cats to be out overnight or when we are not at home.

We started calling at 8:30 PM and around 9:30 PM a Great Horned owl swooped out of the sky and tried to get Oslo. He Howled and ran under the porch.

Half an hour later we coaxed him in and treated the two cuts on his back.

The next day, I was on my deck in the afternoon and a similar (likely the same) GH owl flew over the corner of the deck (virtually silently!).

I was happy Oslo was safe inside.

The following month or so there was a FRONT COVER article in National Geographic on the ‘loss’ of the Great Horned owl in the Rockies (especially in Bozeman, MT), written by some dooofus from Bozeman - where this whole thing occurred.

Environmentalists lie and lie and lie.

7 posted on 01/18/2011 3:45:37 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Vicki

Must have been a majestic sight.


8 posted on 01/18/2011 3:46:08 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: JoeProBono
We had an influx of red tail hawks in our neighborhood several years ago.

It use to be my brothers would bag the limit during rabbit season.

Not any more.

9 posted on 01/18/2011 3:46:45 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: JoeProBono

When my dog was a wee puppy and we were working in the Book Cliffs of Utah. When he was taken out for his walk, an eagle would quickly show up and start circling, we would have stand next to him while he relived himself.


10 posted on 01/18/2011 3:48:38 PM PST by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Vicki

11 posted on 01/18/2011 3:51:35 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
An Illinois man credited his Chihuahua's winter jacket with saving the small canine from a great horned owl attack.

Shaggy dog tale about a pup tent.

12 posted on 01/18/2011 3:51:59 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable. -Albert Brooks)
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To: razorback-bert

Same here. When our Cairn Terrier was a puppy, you would see the hawks and eagles circling him. We would need to go outside with him until he was big enough that they wouldn’t be able to lift him. Of course, he has a security guard now... a 105 lb. German Shephard. We now have NO worries!


13 posted on 01/18/2011 3:52:20 PM PST by momtothree
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To: Leo Farnsworth
I recall a similar tale (I think here at FR)

It involve a little dachshund and a hawk. The hawk got ahold of the little pup,but his owner had a broom in her hand and whacked the hawk, causing the hawl to drop the puppy.

Poor thing, every time from then on, when it went outside the first thing it would do was look up.

14 posted on 01/18/2011 3:52:50 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: JPG

cats don’t know if roaches are pets or prey either, but they know they are fun to play with.


15 posted on 01/18/2011 3:53:19 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable. -Albert Brooks)
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To: Neanderthal
Murphy is nuts. Pets are prey animals. My wife was out to dinner a couple nights ago and the "adopted" kitty at the place was just eaten by a coyote a couple days earlier.
16 posted on 01/18/2011 4:07:42 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Vicki

He looked over the see an eagle flying off with her little dog. Can you imagine?

Actually I can.......


17 posted on 01/18/2011 4:12:30 PM PST by Chickensoup (Protecting US interests ONLY if US interests move back into the States and give US citizens jobs.)
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To: momtothree
Of course, he has a security guard now... a 105 lb. German Shephard. We now have NO worries!

When we got our rat terrier he was 7 lbs. Our German Shepherd would not let him go outside to pee by himself and insisted on escorting the young'un for about a year. We used to joke that he was worried about an owl swooping down and grabbing him. After the terrier was full grown the Shepherd would stand at the door and watch him when he went out. He did that for about six months. He finally decided the terrier is competent to pee without supervision.

18 posted on 01/18/2011 4:14:16 PM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; metmom; ...
WOOOF!

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19 posted on 01/18/2011 4:16:39 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Homer_J_Simpson

That is hysterical. GSD’s like to guard whether the dog/cat or human needs guarding or not. If your dog is anything like mine, he would have gone THROUGH the door in case of trouble. LOL


20 posted on 01/18/2011 4:17:51 PM PST by momtothree
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To: JoeProBono

The dog got off lucky compared to the neighbors of a lady I know who has a house on Lake St. Clair. Several years ago her neighbors allowed their miniature dachsund to roam the yard on a tethered leash and it fell prey to what I suspect was a local Bald Eagle.........commpletely evicerated. Only remnants left were the carcass and the leash...........Dog gone!


21 posted on 01/18/2011 4:19:54 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only thing Super Glue is good for is gluing your fingers together.....)
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To: Vicki

That’s why I keep a black lab and a black and tan coonhound, if anything is foolish enough to swoop down, it’ll be the last time they swoop. Heck, I came home from work one day, and noticed they were chewing up a big hawk, I didn’t see them catch it, but I felt bad for the bird.


22 posted on 01/18/2011 4:25:12 PM PST by Bulwyf
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To: JoeProBono

Around here we have a word for 4 lb. dogs. Bait.


23 posted on 01/18/2011 4:25:42 PM PST by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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24 posted on 01/18/2011 4:25:56 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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25 posted on 01/18/2011 4:28:48 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
This dog goes after the owls...


26 posted on 01/18/2011 4:30:36 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: JoeProBono

LOLOL


27 posted on 01/18/2011 4:31:02 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Hot Tabasco

28 posted on 01/18/2011 4:32:56 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Vicki

I worry about birds of prey and coyotes attacking my little dogs. I always go outside with them.


29 posted on 01/18/2011 4:40:20 PM PST by austingirl
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To: JoeProBono
The headline reads like an arrangement of those word scramble fridge magnets.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

30 posted on 01/18/2011 4:42:09 PM PST by The Comedian ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" - B. Goldwater)
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To: JoeProBono
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31 posted on 01/18/2011 4:43:17 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: JoeProBono

I CAN HAS RAT GOGGIE?

NO, U CAN'T HAS RAT GOGGIE.

32 posted on 01/18/2011 4:43:41 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: JoeProBono
"With a small dog like that, there is a potential that larger raptor species could take them down."

Or pick them up...

33 posted on 01/18/2011 4:46:53 PM PST by mikrofon ("Owl be back!")
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To: momtothree

I always send 300 lbs of dogs out with my 27 lb girl. One male 120 and 2 females 100 lbs ea. So far so good; but I am out there most of the times they are.


34 posted on 01/18/2011 4:51:54 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: The Comedian

35 posted on 01/18/2011 4:52:10 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
We always have a pair of Great Horned owls in our trees. They have gotten a few kittens over the years. These are some pics of the birds in the trees by our house. Don't ya love the talons on the hawk?
36 posted on 01/18/2011 4:54:18 PM PST by wyokostur
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To: JoeProBono

Monster Quest had a show about very big birds attacking kids & such.


37 posted on 01/18/2011 4:57:44 PM PST by Cold Heart
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38 posted on 01/18/2011 4:58:39 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: mware

I live in a small town and had a red tail sitting on the fence outside the dining room window week before last. Good close up view as he was looking into the neighbor’s yard and had his back to me. I have seen him fly over form time to tme but never seen on land.

We have a barn owl that hangs around too.


39 posted on 01/18/2011 4:58:46 PM PST by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: JoeProBono
LOL, perfect.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

40 posted on 01/18/2011 4:59:17 PM PST by The Comedian ("Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" - B. Goldwater)
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To: momtothree

I had one of our German Shepherds go through our door some years ago.Fortunately,the UPS driver saw her coming and got the truck door shut just in time.


41 posted on 01/18/2011 4:59:31 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: JoeProBono

Great horned owls can grow to very large size.


42 posted on 01/18/2011 5:00:45 PM PST by Rebelbase
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43 posted on 01/18/2011 5:03:46 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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44 posted on 01/18/2011 5:03:58 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s gonna leave a mark lol!


45 posted on 01/18/2011 5:04:34 PM PST by wyokostur
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To: JoeProBono

46 posted on 01/18/2011 5:05:12 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: mware

Whenever the squirrel population in my backyard gets large the hawks and owls move in and clean the out. My office overlooks the backyard and it never gets old watching the birds nail their prey.

This past summer a hawk nailed a chipmunk right outside the window. It ripped it open, took the juicy parts and flew off to the top of the swing set to enjoy a morsel.


47 posted on 01/18/2011 5:05:44 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: mountn man

48 posted on 01/18/2011 5:06:35 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

49 posted on 01/18/2011 5:07:23 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

50 posted on 01/18/2011 5:11:32 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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