Michigan Eagle Attack

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 27th, 2008

Something seems to be in the air about animal attack stories, and I’ll have more to say on that later. In the meantime, here’s another breaking story about a new one.

An 11-year-old boy has been injured when an eagle attacked him during a walk through the woods in near Copemish, Manistee County, Michigan.

Radio station WKLA reported Alex Birch was attacked by the eagle about 9 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2008, in Copemish. He was treated at a local hospital for numerous cuts and scratches to his back, head and neck. It was not clear what led to the attack.

Copemish is located in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula about 25 miles southwest of Traverse City and 105 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

4 Responses to “Michigan Eagle Attack”

  1. Aztec Raptor responds:

    I wonder what kind of eagle attacked him. I wish Loren put the size of the eagle on there so it could be indentified.

  2. cryptidsrus responds:

    Good heads up on the story, Loren.

    Unbelievable. Animal attacks have increased lately. Or maybe it is just me? Well wishes to Alex and family.

  3. Artist responds:

    Couple of questions: 9PM?? Wasn’t it dark at 9PM? Do eagles fly in the dark? Maybe an owl?

    Isn’t it breeding/nesting season? Starlings, bluejays and other birds in our area sometimes swoop when one gets too close to their nest site (just stick your fist straight up in the air, and they’ll attack that, instead of your head!), and there’s no mystery to it.

    But an eagle?

  4. semillama responds:

    It was almost certainly a Bald Eagle. At 9pm in that latitude at this time of the year, it’s still light out. Bald Eagles are almost common in northern Michigan nowadays. (I led a birdwatching trip to Sault Ste Marie in January, and Bald Eagles were our most common raptor by far).

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