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Jun 17, 2011 12:54 AM by Breanna Roy (KPAX News)

Dropped dead fawn knocks out power in E. Missoula

EAST MISSOULA - Nature dropped a line in East Missoula. Literally. NorthWestern Energy officials confirm that a baby fawn, dropped by a bald eagle, was responsible for Wednesday morning's power outage.

Lee Bridges was outside taking photographs of a bald eagle sitting in the tree above her house and told us while she sees the eagles fly by all the time, her tree is not usually a stopping point.

"They never come over here and when it perched up in that tree, I thought, I gotta get pictures or nobody's gonna believe me," Bridges said.

Bridges soon noticed the power was out inside her house on Clyde Street and a NorthWestern Energy crew was already working in the alley nearby.

"I said, ‘What was the problem?' So he rolls down the window and he points up in the air right over my head at this power line and goes, 'You see that?' And I look up and he goes, "You've got a deer with wings.'"

It was the body of a baby fawn. Northwestern Energy and Bridges determined the bald eagle dropped its breakfast on its way back to the nest.

"It was just a great big coincidence that I happened to be taking pictures of the eagle and my husband put together, 'Oh, the eagle, the fawn. Get it?' And yes, I got it. It was just a really bizarre incident," Bridges said.

And chances are high something of that nature won't drop by East Missoula again. "I doubt it's ever happened before and I doubt it will ever happen again," Bridges said.

NorthWestern Energy restored power within 30 minutes.

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