Hawk Attacks Jogger

Kansas man bloodied after encounter


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A 29-year-old Kansas man claims he was attacked by a hawk while jogging early Thursday morning. Brian Foster, an employee of a local television station, was nearing the end of his jog through the streets of Overland Park around 5 a.m. when he felt something hit the back of his head. Assuming it was another person attacking him, Foster turned around only to see a large bird flying away. Shortly thereafter he realized he was bleeding and returned home where he alerted animal control of the bird attack. Hawks had been spotted in the area, and residents had been warned a month earlier about hawks going after small pets. While hawk attacks aren’t common, they aren’t unheard of. This past April a Sarasota, Florida, man was attacked while waking through his neighborhood. The hawk took his hat and left a four-inch gash on his head. Last year in Alberta, Canada, a postal worker had to start wearing a helmet because of an aggressive hawk that was attacking him on his daily route. A red-tailed hawk is also blamed for five human attacks in March 2010 in Connecticut.