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Angry crows attack police outside station

Police are always prepared for resistance from the streets, but the attacks on officers in Everett, Wash., are coming from someone they never expected.

The resistance and attacks are coming from none other than angry birds.

Every time officers in the north precinct go into the parking lot, three adult crows swoop at their heads in an effort to guard their territory.

The attacks are really just an attempt by the crows to protect their young in nearby nests. As I blogged about a few months ago, bird “attacks” are fairly common on humans and other animals.

The case in Washington is particularly funny though. In an article in Time, Tim Newcomb described an incident when cops tried to get revenge.

And retaliation with the crows isn’t taken well. One officer used his siren in an effort to scare the crows. The result? Crows littered his cruiser with droppings. Swell.

Crows are very intelligent. The three birds often work as a team where one distracts an officer while the other two unsuspectingly dive-bomb him or her.

Along with being crafty, crows are notorious for holding grudges against people they perceive as threats and are actually very good at recognizing people. So, the fact that all the officers wear similar clothing means all of them are on the crows’ hit list.

If you ever encounter an area with overly aggressive birds, you should do exactly what the officers in Everett are doing, ignore the birds and avoid the area as much as possible.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.