Eagle attacks U.S. Coast Guard officer and steals his cellphone before dropping it in the ocean


Eagle (illustration) 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A U.S. Coast Guard officer fled in panic after being attacked by an angry eagle while climbing a mountain, according to police in Alaska.

Lt. Andres Ayure said that he just arrived to Unalaska from San Francisco, California, and decided to enjoy a day off by hiking up the Ballyhoo Mountain.

Ayure, who was dressed in short and a hoodie, climbed to the top of the peak of 1,634 feet, overlooking the airport. The walk was quite nice, and Ayure saw other people as he climbed.

When Ayure was on his way down the mountain, an eagle flew near his head three times, but he managed to duck out of its way.

The fourth time, Ayure was not that lucky. The eagle managed to grab his hoodie, and tore a hole in it. The eagle continued to attack him another six times, as Ayure ran down the mountain for cover.

About halfway down, his cellphone fell to the ground. The eagle grabbed the phone and flew away.

The next day, Ayure and two other Coast Guard officers came back to the mountain to search for the cellphone, but they did not find it.

Ayure believed that the eagle dumped his phone in the ocean.

Police put up signs in the area, warning tourists about attacking eagles.