Eagle loses lunch; causes power outage

A Juneau eagle lost his lunch Friday morning, cutting electricity to 377 Lemon Creek Alaska Electric Light and Power customers.

Company spokeswoman Deb Ferreira described the event:

“A large eagle was flying over Lemon Creek and in its talons was a 6-inch black rope with some fish parts attached to one end. It flew a little too close to our lines and the rope and the fish connected with two phases of our line. It caused two bright pops like Fourth of July, and it caused Lemon Creek two (feeder) to open,” she said.

She said the eagle was fine.

“It flew over to a tree a few feet away from the line and watched carefully wondering how it was going to get its lunch back,” Ferreira said.

An AEL&P crew took the fishy rope off the line and power was restored in 3 minutes and 16 seconds, she said.

While several witnessed the event, it happened so fast that no one got a picture of the eagle’s lunch hitting the power line. AEL&P is located near the Juneau landfill, which attracts a lot of eagles and other scavengers.