NEWSHAM, England, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Residents of a British town said they have been left afraid to leave their homes by the threat of a pecking attack from an aggressive pheasant.
Locals in Newsham, England, said the bird has been known to attack people of all ages as well as dogs, cars, strollers and bikes, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
"Although it seems humorous, there is a serious concern that this pheasant could injure young children if it goes for their face," said Bob De'Ath, chairman of Newsham Parish Council. "You can push it away, but it continues going for you.
"It is terrorizing the whole village. We are now starting to get official complaints about it."
De'Ath said he has written letters to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to ask for advice.
Lyndsey Waddell, chairman of the National Gamekeepers Organization, said the bird is likely attempting to protect its territory in the run-up to breeding season.