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November 02, 2009

Downed Power Line Kills Deer, Bears, Wolves. . .

By Dave Hurteau

From the Missoulan:

Officials say a downed power line near Eureka in northwestern Montana electrocuted more than a dozen animals over a period of months, including a wolf that was "still warm" when it was found earlier this month.

Roger Pitman, operations superintendent at the Lincoln Electric Cooperative, said crews did not know about the situation until Oct. 10 when the dangling power line in the Pinkham Creek drainage south of Eureka was finally knocked out. The carcasses of five whitetail deer, four black bears, two wolves, one coyote and a turkey vulture were found in the area.

 

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Well thats too bad that 4 deer and 4 bears had to die. But at least 2 wolves, 1 coyote and a turkey vulture were taken down too. Turkey vultures taste a little gamey anyways.

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from Jerry A. wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Seems strange that a downed power line was not discovered for months. It must have been pretty far out in the sticks.

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from neuman23 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

i guess they were served extra crispy...

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from RJ Arena wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

If I understand the article, the line was dangling low to the ground, so the game could make contact(I assume out of curiosity)with the wire and the ground, completing the circuit. It was only later when it broke that it was noticed. I came across a similar situation 20+ years ago, the repair crew said the line had been within a few feet of the ground for a few months, and were glad they did not have a fatality.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

power companies way of hunting i guess... like a fly trap on a large scale. seriously though the predators probably smelled the other cooked animals and followed in there footsteps

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from jordjohn44 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Wow, that long to find a downed line is crazy. They are lucky no person ran into it. Regaurdless, sounds like a good area for hunting with a nice, diverse population of animals.

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from babsfish4life wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Well thats too bad that 4 deer and 4 bears had to die. But at least 2 wolves, 1 coyote and a turkey vulture were taken down too. Turkey vultures taste a little gamey anyways.

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from Jerry A. wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Seems strange that a downed power line was not discovered for months. It must have been pretty far out in the sticks.

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from neuman23 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

i guess they were served extra crispy...

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

power companies way of hunting i guess... like a fly trap on a large scale. seriously though the predators probably smelled the other cooked animals and followed in there footsteps

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from jordjohn44 wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

Wow, that long to find a downed line is crazy. They are lucky no person ran into it. Regaurdless, sounds like a good area for hunting with a nice, diverse population of animals.

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from RJ Arena wrote 4 years 23 weeks ago

If I understand the article, the line was dangling low to the ground, so the game could make contact(I assume out of curiosity)with the wire and the ground, completing the circuit. It was only later when it broke that it was noticed. I came across a similar situation 20+ years ago, the repair crew said the line had been within a few feet of the ground for a few months, and were glad they did not have a fatality.

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