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Salem, Oregon and Rachel Maddow Unite Against Local Hat-Stealing Crime Owl

Put a bird on it in jail.


Local papers are calling the bird “Owlcapone.” I’m done here.

In a move inspired by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s recent segment on “Oregon wackiness,” Salem has begun posting signs to warn local residents of a hat-pilfering owl known to pester joggers in Bush’s Pasture Park.


Artist’s rendition of Tony Sopranowl.

Yahoo news reports that

One jogger, a surgeon, said the owl hit him twice in Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem, and so hard he thought he was having a stroke or an aneurysm. Another said the bird swiped his longtime running cap and nicked his scalp [typical Pigwidgeon].

Parks and transportation services manager Mark Becktel said the city is erecting twenty¬†signs to make “people aware that there’s an owl there that for whatever reason swoops down and goes after people’s hats.” (But HAS MARK SEEN AVATAR? I NEVER SAW AVATAR.)


Local newspaper the Statesman Journal held a vote to name the notorious B.I.R.D.: ” Owlcapone” received 238 votes. “Rachel Maddowl” came in at 188.

(images via Mark A. Coleman on Flickr and

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