NorthWestern Energy officials confirm that a fawn dropped by a bald eagle on to a power line was responsible for Wednesday morning’s power outage in East Missoula.
Lee Bridges was outside taking photographs of a bald eagle sitting in the tree above her house and told us while she sees the eagles fly by all the time, her tree is not usually a stopping point.
She noted, “They never come over here and when it perched up in that tree, I thought, ‘I gotta get pictures or nobody’s gonna believe me!'”
Bridges soon noticed the power was out inside her house and a NorthWestern Energy crew was already working in the alley nearby.
She recalled, “I said, ‘What was the problem?’ So he rolls down the window and he points up in the air right over my head at this power line and goes, ‘You see that?’ And I look up and he goes, ‘You’ve got a deer with wings.'”
It was the body of a baby fawn. Northwestern Energy and Bridges determined the bald eagle dropped its breakfast on its way back to the nest.
“It was just a great big coincidence that I happened to be taking pictures of the eagle and my husband put together, ‘Oh, the eagle, the fawn. Get it?’ And yes, I got it. It was just a really bizarre incident,” Bridges said.