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Turkey Causes Power Outage In Southeast Eugene

Brian Bull

A fowl saboteur is behind this morning’s power outage in southeast Eugene.

EWEB officials say a turkey hit a primary feeder line, which affected 350 customers.  The outage started about 5:45am and lasted under an hour and a half.

Credit Camille King / Flickr.com

Spokesman Joe Harwood says turkeys can be a real nuisance in developed areas, and discourages residents from putting out food for them.

"…because that will attract more to the area.  And with more turkeys, there’s more opportunity for the type of incident that we saw.”

The turkey in this latest incident did not survive.

In late 2016, turkeys caused at least four power outages in Medford. 

Copyright 2019, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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