Power official urges caution with fish entrails


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A juvenile bald eagle partially responsible for one of two electrical outages in the last two weeks lays in the back of a truck after being recovered. Wrangell Light & Power officials urge fishermen to be careful with discarded fish entrails since large birds in pursuit of a free meal can lose track of their surroundings and become entangled in local power lines.

Fish guts and good intentions have caused at least one of two short bird-related power outages in the last two weeks, officials with Wrangell Light & Power said.

Fishermen with an eye toward offering feathered friends a meal often leave the undesirable part of the fish out for the birds, said superintendent Clay Hammer. The birds, excited at the possibility of a free meal, lose track of their surroundings and inadvertently bridge the gap between two electric lines. The birds are killed instantly, and electrical, Internet, or phone service can be disrupted for paying customers, Hammer sa...

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