Birds, squirrels take toll on Juneau power lines

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Power company officials in Alaska's capital say squirrels and birds are turning the lights out for city customers.

Reports say wildlife has knocked out power to Juneau customers seven times this year.

The latest was Wednesday night when a bald eagle dropped trash from a city landfill onto a line. Alaska Electric Light and Power Co. spokeswoman Debbie Driscoll says the ensuing short caused a loud bang and knocked out power to 10,020 customers.

At least the eagle survived. An eagle in January died when it flew into wires, and a raven died after it did the same thing in May.

The company recorded six avian deaths last year: three eagles, one raven, one crow and one grouse. In 2012, including five eagles, three ravens and two crows were electrocuted.

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