Monday, June 20, 2011

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Bird drops deer on electric lines, causes out power outage

When power company crews arrived at the origin of a power outage in East Missoula they were shocked to find the cause was a deer that had been dropped on power lines twenty feet above ground.

Investigators for Northwestern Power in Montana deduced the deer was probably dropped on the lines by a member of a nearby family of bald eagles, according to the official report released on Friday. It appears one of the eagles had captured the fawn and, as bald eagles do, carried the eagle to a high enough altitude that a drop would kill the prey. The entire eagle family could then enjoy the carcass.

This is the first reported power outage due to a flying deer however wildlife have been known to cause power outages.

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