Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Eagle, deer head, electricity: No mix

The Associated Press

Published: January 30, 2007
Last Modified: January 30, 2007 at 01:39 AM

JUNEAU -- About 10,000 Juneau residents briefly lost power Sunday after a bald eagle lugging a deer head crashed into transmission lines.

"You have to live in Alaska to have this kind of outage scenario," said Gayle Wood, an Alaska Electric Light & Power spokeswoman. "This is the story of the overly ambitious eagle who evidently found a deer head in the landfill."

The hefty bounty apparently bogged down the eagle, which failed to clear transmission lines as it flew away from the landfill, she said. When a repair crew arrived, they found the eagle carcass with the deer head nearby.

This eagle "got ahold of a little bit more than he could handle," Wood said.

Power was out less than 45 minutes.


robin andrea said...

Hope the eagle survived the crash. Didn't wind up at the clinic, did it?

Dave said...

Sorry Robin, eagle didn't make it. Juneau has it's own Raptor Center. Here's a link to it