‘Vi­cious’ rooster at­tacks pedes­tri­ans in Arkansas city

The Saline Courier - - NEWS -

LIT­TLE ROCK — Lead­ers of a small Arkansas city are plan­ning to draft an or­di­nance next month ad­dress­ing a prob­lem­atic rooster that has been at­tack­ing pedes­tri­ans.

Jasper Mayor Jan Lar­son said some­thing has to be done about the rooster that chases peo­ple as they walk in the street.

“He at­tacks them and scratches,” she said. “It would be all right if you were young enough that you could kick him. But some peo­ple are older and could fall.

“We can’t let peo­ple get hurt be­cause of an er­rant rooster.”

The rooster Lar­son called “vi­cious” be­gan pa­trolling the side­walk and street in front of a house nearly a month ago, chas­ing peo­ple who walked by.

One woman fell while flee­ing the rooster, which also went af­ter a small boy, Lar­son noted.

“That’s the sad part of it, es­pe­cially if you’re a 3-foot-tall per­son or a dod­der­ing lady like me who can’t run,” Lar­son said.

Lar­son said chick­ens and roost­ers are per­mit­ted in Jasper.

“We are a small town,” she said. “Peo­ple have chick­ens here. That’s not a big deal re­ally. But we are also a city. We can’t let our an­i­mals at­tack peo­ple.”

Po­lice Chief Michael Hen­der­son said there have been com­plaints about the rooster.

“We did get a writ­ten com­plaint, but there were no in­juries,” Hen­der­son told the Arkansas-demo­crat Gazette. The rooster has also been a topic of dis­cus­sion at the City Coun­cil’s last two meet­ings.

Roost­ers pro­tect their flock of hens, es­pe­cially dur­ing their sum­mer and spring mat­ing sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Sara Or­lowski, an ex­ten­sion poul­try man­age­ment spe­cial­ist with the Univer­sity of Arkansas. She added that some rooster breeds can be ag­gres­sive.

Or­lowski noted that run­ning away from roost­ers en­cour­ages their pur­suit.

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