People in Hermosa Beach are reporting an unusual problem at a popular park, they are being attacked by crows.
The birds have made their home in the trees of Noble Park and are highly territorial, chasing people and their dogs.
“They’re coming out of the trees and kind of bombing you and trying to get you out of the park,” said Dan Cohen, who was recently attacked by crows.
Although the birds did not seriously harm anyone, a nearby hotel hired a professional falconer to scare away the crows with a trained falcon twice a week.
Bob Shanman, an expert on wild birds, said crows are smart.
“Crows get facial recognition,” Shanman said. “They know how to make tools to get food. They’re omnivores, they’ll eat anything.”
He also said that crows give birth in May and June, making them more protective at this time of year.
A flock of crows is called a crow slaying. Ancient superstitions associated birds with death and darkness.
But experts say crows are mostly harmless.
Experts advise people to keep their small dogs close and on a leash.
They also recommend wearing a hat in Noble Park and avoiding the park early in the morning when the crows are feeding.