Animal blamed for power outage

700 in La Plata County lost power

For the second time last weekend, an animal got tangled in electrical equipment, but this time just fewer than 700 county residents lost power, and the animal – possibly a raptor – may have only lost its tail feathers.

The outage began about 4:20 p.m. Sunday, but power was restored by 5:10.

Another animal that got into a substation last Friday night caused the power to go out for about 4,200 city and county residents.

Electricity went out about 10:42 p.m., leaving residents along U.S. Highway 160 west, the Tech Center, Crestview neighborhood, northwest part of Main Avenue and the Trimble area in the dark until 1:30 a.m. Saturday.