Some Alaska Costco consumers say ravens steal their groceries

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some Alaska Costco shoppers explained they’ve had their groceries stolen by

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some Alaska Costco shoppers explained they’ve had their groceries stolen by ravens in the keep parking large amount.

Matt Lewallen stated he was packing his groceries into his motor vehicle in the parking lot of an Anchorage Costco when ravens swooped in to steal a limited rib from his cart, the Anchorage Day-to-day News reported Friday.

“I literally took 10 steps away and turned about, two ravens arrived down and instantly grabbed a person out of the offer, ripped it off and flew off with it,” Lewallen mentioned.

Lewallen claimed the piece of meat was about 4-by-7 inches (10-by-18 centimeters) huge — a sizable meal for a sizable chook.

“They know what they are accomplishing it is not their 1st time,” Lewallen claimed. “They’re pretty extra fat so I believe they’ve obtained a whole method there.”

And after he bought back again household, he observed that a person of the ravens had taken a poke at a further rib but did not rob it.

“I reduce that meat out and began marinating it and my spouse claimed, ‘That’s gross, we should choose it again,’ ” Lewallen claimed. “Costco actually took it back again even soon after we had commenced marinating them and gave us a total refund.”

More raven thief sightings have emerged on social media.

“My parents had been minding their business enterprise immediately after a store and designed it household with a person much less steak!” Kimberly Waller wrote on Fb. “The fowl snatched it ideal out of the pack in the parking lot.”

Anchorage resident Tamara Josey replied to Waller’s post and referred to the ravens as “calculating.” She explained ravens hovered her in an try to steal her groceries.

“I had two ravens, 1 that was on the auto next to me and he retained squawking really loud,” Josey said. “He would sit on the vehicle and stare at me, then hop next to the mattress of the truck on the other side, and he held likely again and forth. The other raven was on the ground. He saved making an attempt to pull — I experienced people minor mini-melons you have in the mesh baggies — he kept seeking to grab the netting and pull my melons off the cart.”

A raven started to fly in a circle all around Josey until eventually she obtained them to scram.

“He was waiting for one more option to grab the melons off the cart, but they in no way were deterred,” she said. “They just stayed posted, waiting around for their following prospect to steal something out of my cart.”

“They are pretty dedicated to their mission,” she additional.

A supervisor at an Anchorage Costco declined to comment to the newspaper about the raven intruders.

The Anchorage Audubon Society tallies the raven populace every December. The team documented 923 frequent ravens in 2018, 621 in 2019 and 750 birds in 2020.

Rick Sinnott, a previous wildlife biologist with the point out Department of Fish and Activity, reported hundreds of ravens fly to Anchorage in the wintertime for food stuff. Immediately after winter season turns to spring, most of the ravens leave, Sinnott said.

But in advance of they do, the ravens adhere close to to pluck assorted meats, fruits and veggies.

“For a long time, a long time, they’ve viewed people today in parking lots of grocery stores with all this food items,” Sinnott said. “They know what a piece of fruit seems like in a grocery cart since they’ve found it on the floor or found it in a garbage can.”