'Deer With Wings' Causes Power Outage

Well, not exactly...
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2011 10:10 AM CDT
This June 15, 2011 photo shows a power company lineman using a pole to remove a young deer carcass that was dropped onto a power line after being snatched by an eagle in East Missoula, Mont.   (Lee Bridges)

(Newser) – An energy company has identified the cause of a brief power outage as "deer with wings," according to one Montana resident. The woman was outside with her dogs around the time the power went out when a truck from the power company pulled up, giving her a chance to ask the driver what caused the problem. He pointed up and said, "Apparently, we've got deer with wings." She looked up and saw a dead fawn on a power line.

It's unlikely the animal had an accident while trying to make like distant-cousin Rudolph; an eagle may have dropped its prey and couldn't retrieve it. The lineman who removed the carcass from the power line said he'd never seen anything like it.

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