A Bald Eagle Knocked Out Power For Wisconsin Town + Sadly Died
Power was knocked out for a town in Wisconsin on Sunday, January 16 by a bald eagle. How the heck does that happen?
I've heard of power being knocked out by squirrels, normally. Sometimes a crow will be the cause as well, but this is the first time I've heard that our National Bird took out the power.
It happened in Hudson, Wisconsin. Hudson's population is 12,719 people and is located across the St. Croix river from the Twin Cities Metro, area.
The Hudson Police Department posted an announcement on their Facebook page saying that they were aware of the power outage. They said that an American Bald Eagle flew into some power lines, causing the outage.
People in the comments mentioned that they saw smoke and sparks after the power went out.
When a bald eagle is found deceased, you are to contact state wildlife or federal wildlife authorities who will take the remains. US Fish and Wildlife have specific instructions for their officers when it comes to sick, injured, or deceased Bald Eagles. In many cases, they facilitate bringing the remains to a Native American Tribe, which uses them for ceremonies and spiritual reasons.
It's actually illegal to possess a bald eagle or bald eagle parts such as feathers in the United States. You also can't have a bald eagle nest or eggs. In some cases, permits are issued by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
It's part of the Bald & Golden Eagle Protection Act that was created in 1940. It's also illegal to tamper with or disturb an Eagle's habitat.