The most recent victim escaped injury but lost his favorite hat. Brad Hilliard told the Statesman Journal he felt a gentle scratch on the back of his head during a run early Monday morning in Bush's Pasture Park.
"It was almost like you touched the tip of the knife but you pulled away before it does any real damage. I turned around and my favorite running hat was gone," he said. "I was just dumbfounded after the fact. I was like, 'My hat is gone and I can't see anything."
Later, Hilliard spotted the signs warning of owl attacks and realized what had happened. "I'll keep buzzing by there until it turns up," he said. "I can't imagine a bird or a person wanting a sweat stained hat I've had for five years."
Five days before Hilliard's brush with death, Jordan Radke experienced a similar attack. The 27-year-old was jogging through the park when he felt a "searing, intense scrape" on his head. He ignored it and kept on running.
At least one other jogger has reported attack in the same park by the bird—believed to be a barred owl, which can have wingspan of up to 42 inches.