MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  One minute Chris Hatfield of Two Harbors, Minn. was cruising along on his snowmobile and the next minute he was unconscious after being hit in the head by an owl.

A picture from the Duluth News Tribune shows Hatfield along with the helmet he was wearing out on the trail that day. The owl completely smashed his face mask.

Hatfield says he was going about 40 or 45 miles an hour when he saw something in front of him and then it went black.

Luckily, Hatfield was riding with some friends who noticed he was missing and went back, found him and then got help.

It turns out it was a barred owl that he hit. DNR officials say barred owls can weigh about one and half pounds — about the same as a jar of spaghetti sauce.

Comments (23)
  1. rosepickle says:

    LMAO………k so really not funny at all, but its not everyday you hear about someone hitting an owl while on their snowmobile. Chris I hope your recovery was fast. Sounds like it would have been scary. God Bless!!

  2. rosepickle says:

    LMAO………k so really actually not funny, but its not everyday your hear about someone hitting an owl while snowmobiling. Chris I hope your recovery was fast and God Bless!!

  3. John Marshall says:

    I want to leave a question for Jason DeRus on his “Good Question feature. How do I do that?
    I find his blog but can’t fine a way to leave a question. Kind of frustrating!

  4. RaWg says:

    DUCK! I Meant OWL!

    1. mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

      Dammit Jamie you stole my line LOL

    2. MC says:

      …unfortunately, the owl wasn’t wearing a helmet…

  5. Tommy J. says:

    Glad your okay Chris !!
    Very scary, could of been a whole lot worse …

    To RaWg >>> “DUCK! I mean OWL” >>> Good one !!! LOL

  6. Joe Mama says:

    Taste like chicken

  7. snowman1 says:

    A 135 lb. deer hit me head-on (physically, directly head-on with the deer’s head hitting my helmeted head) 2 season’s ago while I was on my snowmobile doing a little over 50 mph. I ended up with 3 broken vertebrae in my neck, bit wasn’t knocked unconscious! The deer ended up dead, with a broken back, 2 broken front shoulders, and every rib broke. Now THAT”S a snowmobile-wild animal collision worth writing about!

  8. Kathy Satterwhite says:

    i had an owl fall out of the sky and hit my car!

    1. rosepickle says:

      LMAO…..where you knocked unconscious???? hahaha

  9. So sad says:

    Did he miss the “Owl Crossing Sign”? Or maybe it means “Snowmobiling is a detriment to nature”. Whatever. Anyway an owl is dead at the expense of human pleasure.

  10. Minnesota says:

    WHO WHO WHO would ever think they would hit an owl while snowmobiling.

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