Some bigger birds have been attacking dogs in Strathcona County.
 
Theres been two incidents in the past couple weeks.
 
In the first, a Pomeranian-Shih Tzu cross was attacked by an unknown owl while going for a backyard bathroom break.
 
The dog suffered severe scratches and had a talon go through its eye, forcing a veterinarian to remove it.
 
"It's unfortunate to hear, it's less likely to happen if the animal is closer to a human," said Brendan Cox, spokesperson for Alberta Fish and Wildlife. "I've heard that sometimes a younger great horned owl might resort to going after pets."
 
Earlier in November (Sherwood Park again), a Bichon-Shih Tzu was attacked by a great horned owl.
 
"If there's any area where you know a nest is present try to avoid that area all together."
 
Other tips include supervise pets, keep them
contained, provide cover and (if possible) feed them indoors.

Great horned owls stay in Alberta year-round and their main prey are birds, large insects, mice and rabbits.

 

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