Reports of dive-bombing crows here as in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" have been attributed to an individual crow named Harry.
Eight so-called attacks have been reported to city police over the past month."This is one bird that gets around," Moscow resident Craig Steenberg said. "His name is Harry, and he lands on anyone that doesn't look threatening."
The Steenbergs adopted Harry after he was found in a fallen nest in May. But after Idaho Fish and Game officials told the family that owning crows is illegal, Harry was tearfully exiled from the Steenbergs' home.
But Harry still flies around the neighborhood, accepting snacks of yogurt, M & Ms and Kix breakfast cereal. Steenberg says he also likes to ride like a "hood ornament" on top of his head on bicycle trips.
Moscow police have given thought to curtailing the crow attacks, noting that shooting birds would be a last resort. But they have agreed to warn callers that the crow may be tame.
The bird was a tiny, skinny ball when neighbors dropped him off at the Steenbergs'.
"He didn't have a single feather and was as bald as a cucumber, and that's why we called him Harry," Steenberg said, "though we're reserving Harriet if we find out he's a she."
But tragedy struck when the family wanted to take Harry to Canada on summer vacation. Calls to Idaho Fish and Game officials revealed that Harry, as a crow, is a federally protected bird.
So Harry was let loose and no longer allowed in the house. The Steenbergs went to Canada.
But Harry soon fluttered onto his perch in the Steenbergs' backyard. He has since established a daily schedule of mornings with the family, days in East City Park, late afternoons back with the neighborhood kids, and nights in the park.