Now For Something Completely Different … Bald Eagle causes Power Outage in Alaska


Here is something one does not see everyday. Let’s hope not at least. The next time there is a power outage in your area, maybe you should look to the sky to see if there are any American Bald Eagles flying in the vicinity.


(Hat Tip pic: Klaas)

Approximately 10,000 Juneau, Alaska residents lost their power when an American Bald Eagle carrying a deer head crashed in to transmission lines. “Overly ambitious eagle”, I guess.

“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 bird, weighed down by the deer head, apparently failed to clear the transmission lines, she said. A repair crew found the eagle dead, the deer head nearby.

Posted January 30, 2007 by
Bizarre, Energy, Fun | 7 comments

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “Now For Something Completely Different … Bald Eagle causes Power Outage in Alaska”

    1. Patti on January 30th, 2007 12:21 am

      Good Job, Klaas!

      Poor Eagle…

      Is there a lesson to be learned?

      Soar Like an Eagle… and Fly High!

      (but don’t take on more than you can carry)

    2. Sue on January 30th, 2007 12:31 am

      OMG How funny, I use to live in Juneau.. That doesnt surprise me thought eagles flying around alot

    3. dennisintn on January 30th, 2007 12:47 am

      which would have been worse, the power outage or looking up into the sky and seeing a flying deer head. i’m staying in tennessee. we’re used to roadkill of all sorts, but flying deer heads are just a little too much.

    4. Richard on January 30th, 2007 6:34 am

      Sounds like there’s a good metaphor in there somewhere….

    5. Brenda on January 30th, 2007 12:47 pm

      Speaking of deer heads…

      I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I was forced to go to New Jersey against my wishes for a work-related trip. I am a country girl, so unhappy doesn’t come close to describing my desire to leave my comfort zone.

      Right after getting into the Parsipanny area, I started seeing deer carcasses all over the place. One in particular was resting in the grassy median. To my surprise, I looked closer and noticed the head cut off! Certainly wasn’t the work of an eagle, but it proves rednecks DO live north of the Mason Dixon line. (Must have been a nice buck.)

      Made me feel back a bit more at home :>)


    6. Carpe Noctem on January 30th, 2007 3:23 pm

      He was trying to plug in his beak warmer!

    7. whytegirl on January 30th, 2007 10:39 pm

      Now THAT would be a frivolous injury lawsuit!

      I better fwd. the news to my in-laws so when they go outside they better keep lookin’ up!

      Worse, not seeing flying deer heads, imagine DRIVING and then having a sucker like that crash on your windshield! :-O

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