Meat-Loving Ravens Are Stealing Short Ribs from Costco Customers in Alaska
"They know what they're doing," one shopper concluded.
What New Yorker hasn't had to shoo a pigeon away from their sandwich? And if a seagull hasn't stolen one of your French fries, you probably haven't spent enough time at the beach. But we all have a limit where we'd say a bird has crossed the line—and ravens stealing Costco groceries? Yeah, that's a bit too close for comfort, flying friends.
A Costco on Dimond Boulevard in Anchorage, Alaska, is being terrorized by meat-loving ravens that have been stealing items from shoppers' carts in the parking lot, according to the Anchorage Daily News. Marnie Jones told the paper she suspects one of the birds swiped a filet mignon from their four-pack after her husband "saw a raven in the parking lot with a steak in his mouth." And Olani Saunoa said that while she was getting her baby into her car, a raven "picked up [an] entire package of short ribs" and flew away with it.
"They know what they're doing; it's not their first time," Matt Lewallen, who also had a rib stolen out of his cart, explained. "They're very fat so I think they've got a whole system there." Other shoppers seem to agree. In a Facebook post from earlier this month, one commenter described the birds as "calculating." "Had 1 trying to distract me while the other went for my mini watermelons," Tamara Josey wrote. "They are very dedicated to their mission," she later added when reached for an interview.
The Costco's manager reportedly refused to comment on the situation, but another Facebook commenter stated that she believed the store was aware of the problem. "We returned the package [of ribs] and they said many people return meat due to raven attacks," added Anna Marie Lewallen on Facebook. "They also mentioned it is a problem at their corporate distribution warehouse."
Rick Sinnott, who previously worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, told the Anchorage Daily News that this kind of behavior seemed normal for ravens. "They much prefer—I would guess if I was thinking like a raven—a package of short ribs from Costco to half of a hamburger bun from McDonald's," he was quoted as saying. So apparently ravens are foodies at heart.