Angry birds target police

EVERETT — The cops in Everett have a new beef, and it’s with the birds.

A trio of crows has set up shop in a tree in the parking lot next to the Everett Police Department‘s north precinct.

A few days ago, the crows decided t

hey didn’t like the cops. They started swooping down on them and dive-bombing them as the officers walked from their cars into the station.

Everett police Lt. Bob Johns recently was flanked by them and “got zinged,” he said.

“They’re like velociraptors,” he said.

At least one officer has tried using his siren to scare the crows away: They responded by decorating his car with droppings.

The crows don’t care much for rank, either — they’ve gone for top brass and detectives in particular, police Sgt. Robert Goetz said.

This is the season for aggressive crow behavior, said Ruth Milner, a biologist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Baby crows have been kicked out of the nest, or will be soon, she said. The immature birds are learning to fly and often are still being fed by their parents.

Adult crows are quite protective of helpless young on the ground, she said. It’s a common trait among larger birds and birds of prey.

“All they’re doing is defending their nest,” she said.

Crows also can recognize people’s individual features. And they hold grudges.

“If your cops have done something that (the crows) perceive as a threat, they could be keying in on them because they’re all wearing the same kind of uniform,” she said.

The cops aren’t the only victims, Everett city spokeswoman Kate Reardon said.

The same parking lot is used by city employees, she said. At least a dozen have encountered the angry crows, and some have complained about being attacked.

Police and other city employees have agreed to let the crows be, she said. They don’t want to disturb the nest, so they’re going to be more cautious and wait out the crow aggression period. Umbrellas may be used as a defense tactic.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Property taxes rise for most of Snohomish County in 2020

The average homeowner will pay an extra $456.08 in property taxes, with highest jump in Marysville.

Deputy who fatally shot Edmonds man sued for dog bite

An investigation concluded Art Wallin broke policy when he unleashed a dog on a man in 2017.

Deputy marshals shoot Snohomish County fugitive in Las Vegas

The man was wanted on firearms and drug charges. His name and condition haven’t been released.

Charges: Stanwood teacher held ex-wife hostage at gunpoint

Paul Erickson was hired months ago as a middle school science teacher. He’s jailed on felony charges.

Inclusive playground planned for $13 million Edmonds park

A mother’s wish to honor her son inspires wheelchair-accessible equipment at future Civic Park.

Vehicle hits pedestrians, killing 1, hospitalizing another

Shirley E. Tinsley, 72, died and another person suffered unknown injuries.

Kamiak senior strives for career in acting and screenwriting

Paige Cox recently had an interview with Harvard. She’s the lead in both of this year’s school plays.

7 men arrested in Everett-based sting for child predators

The men thought they were going to rape an under-age girl, troopers said. Instead, they were arrested.

Sheriff Adam Fortney holds a press conference explaining why he reinstated two deputies who were fired for violating policy on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Fortney reinstates 2 more deputies fired by previous sheriff

Matt Boice and Evan Twedt were fired just months ago for the warrantless search of a car.

Most Read