The Associated Press reports that police in Richmond, Maine are on
the hunt for a raven that has caused hundreds of dollars in damage to at
least three cars.
Police Chief Scott MacMaster said two people
went to the police station last week to report their vehicles had been
attacked by the raven, which caused damaged rubber gaskets around
windshield and windows and the windshield wipers on at least three cars
in the area.
MacMaster said the first raven attack, in which a
pickup truck was damaged, was reported May 21. The owner said he had
watched the raven land and see its reflection in the truck window. The
bird caused approximately $500 in damage, according to the owner.
raven does its territorial strut as he described it and it starts
attacking the reflection in the window and pulling off the rubber around
the windows and his windshield wipers,” MacMaster said. “The raven in
the reflection would not back down, so he attacked himself.”
next day a Stable Road resident reported that “a buzzard” had ripped the
windshield wipers off his car. MacMaster said the buzzard was, in fact,
“He had to bring his own car in to be fixed, and while
he was having the repairs done and it started attacking the rental car,”
The second victim said he took an unpaid day off
from work so he could conduct a stakeout to try to catch the bird in
the act. When that failed he went to the police station.
“He wanted us to shoot the raven,” MacMaster said.
said officers inspected the rental car and found rubber missing from
around the window and windshield and scratches on front.
said the vehicle owners would be allowed to safely dispatch of the
nuisance bird, but he advised both to contact the Warden Service as
The raven is not the only animal to attack a car in town in
recent weeks. Last month police were called in after a pair of goats
climbed atop a Ford Focus.
MacMaster said there has not been
further complaints of raven attacks and identifying the bird could prove
difficult. Ravens are easily mistaken for crows, but the first victim
was confident in the type of bird that carried out the attack.
said he’d researched it,” MacMaster said. “He says he believes it’s a
raven because it’s much bigger.” He did not say whether police are
certain they are looking for one bird or whether other ravens may be
involved in copy-cat attack