Squirrel knocks out power in Whitefish

Posted at 9:08 AM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-04 11:08:42-04

WHITEFISH – A  widespread power outage caused by a squirrel north of Whitefish forced Whitefish Mountain Resort to shut down for part of Sunday.

Flathead Electric Cooperative reports the squirrel got into the substation and "was frying up a bunch of stuff!"

Several crews were sent immediately to fix the issue and power was back up and running within a few hours.

FEC says it is common during the summer months for squirrels to cause power outages, as they climb on the lines.

However, we were told there is a "squirrel guard" mechanism to help keep the animals from disrupting service.