Aggressive owls temporarily close Eastside park trail

SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- A half-mile trail inside Soaring Eagle Park in Sammamish is closed until further notice due to... aggressive owls?

There have been six attacks in the park in the last month by Barred Owls, but wildlife officials say the owls' behavior is not out of the ordinary.

"Mid-October to Mid-November, we're having about 10 to 9 hours of daylight," said Chris Anderson with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Anderson says it's hormonal and usually it's the young adults that can't keep those hormones under control.

"They feel territorial and they don't recognize what's a threat and what's not a threat yet," Anderson said. "They're making their presence known - they're basically saying hey this is my space, get out of it."

Now a half mile portion of the trail has been temporarily closed off, but Anderson says there's no need to worry.

"It's not necessarily the owl's fault," Anderson said.

Just like humans eventually these young adults will wise up and once these Barred Owls are full-grown adults, they usually stay away from people.

While we wait that process, Anderson says there is a benefit to having the owls around -- they keep the rat population down.