SALEM, Ore., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The famous jogger-attacking owl of Salem, Ore., appears to have returned to the town -- or at least inspired a new flock of imitators.
The Oregon Water Resources Department said two workers were attacked in separate incidents in different Salem locations Tuesday, the first leaving marks on the man's head and the second knocking a hat off a worker's head.
Officials said neither man was seriously injured.
The first worker to be attacked, Dwight French, described his injuries as similar to those from "a really violent haircut."
"It's the right time of year for the barred owls to become territorial," David Craig, a biology professor and animal behavior specialist at Willamette University, told the Statesman-Journal newspaper.
The attacks may have been the work of the same dive-bombing owl blamed for at least four attacks on joggers early in 2015. The attacks inspired the city to recommend hard hats while jogging in certain areas, and the signs were soon augmented by owl attack warning signs designed by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
The dive-bombing owl, nicknamed "Owlcapone" by some local residents, inspired several T-shirts and beers from local breweries.