You have heard of Flying Squirrels, but....

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  1. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Deer dropped by eagle knocks out power in Montana

    By Laura Zuckerman – Fri*Jun*17, 7:56*pm*ET

    SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A deer fawn apparently dropped by a bald eagle onto a high-voltage line was behind a power outage this week in western Montana, a Northwestern Energy official said on Friday.
    "It's a first-time thing," Northwestern spokeswoman Michelle Sullivan said. "A deer dangling on the line, that's never happened before."
    Sullivan said linemen investigating the cause of the outage in a rural neighborhood of East Missoula couldn't believe their eyes when they found the carcass of the fawn draped over electric wires more than two stories high.
    Workers blamed the eagle after homeowner Lee Bridges reported that one of the birds had spent 15 minutes perched in a spruce in her yard that morning just after the neighborhood lost electricity.
    When Northwestern crews arrived, Bridges approached a repairman to learn what caused the outage.
    "He pointed up to the sky and said, 'There's your problem -- a flying deer,'" said Bridges.
    She said the eagle, one of a family nesting on the nearby Clark Fork River, had likely been plotting how to retrieve what remained of its prey.
    Bridges collected her camera and began shooting pictures.
    "I thought nobody was going to believe this," she said.
    Bald eagles can have wingspans of nearly 8 feet and weigh up to 14 pounds. Accounts suggest the fawn was just days old, if that.
    Northwestern's Sullivan said the outage lasted roughly half an hour and affected about 30 homes.
    The regional company serves about 665,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska.
    (Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Peter Bohan)
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  2. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Now that's one smart eagle

    Cooked venison on the wing
  3. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Tell me honestly folks...does this mean that Christmas is gonna be late this year?
  4. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    lost a pup to an eagle once, bout 8 years ago
    he didnt get too far with it, just high enuff the pup didnt survive the landing
    was kind of a shame, it didnt wimper or scream but you could sure hear it growlin
    and that bird was doin all kinds of moves tryin to keep a good hold
    i always figured that pup woulda been a real good fighter if itd lived
    id totally forgotten the incident til i read this post, isnt one of my fav memories
  5. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    We used golden Eagles to hunt Foxes in England... Had one farmer that wouldn't lock up his german shepheard... the dog didn't survive.... needless to say we were not allowed to hunt on the farmers land again....
  6. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    Would be an eagle down next time it came into the area!
  7. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    That's a cool story.
  8. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    A couple years back, there was a pic or three going the Internet rounds of a deer supposedly hit by a train and knocked up onto the high lines. His legs were missing from the impact.
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