A lucky bald eagle survived a scrape with death Friday night (June 9), but its aerobatics around power lines caused an outage for nearly 1,100 Mason PUD 3 customers near Shelton.
Power went out at 6:10 PM for customers living in the Arcadia area, with lines reported down near the intersection of Arcadia and Crater Roads.
Initial accounts from the scene were that a bald eagle had flown into power lines, causing a short, which cut electricity in the area. Linemen arrived on the scene and reported the eagle was in a nearby tree, surveying the damage.
A PUD 3 employee captured the incident on his dash cam:
PUD officials dubbed the eagle “Tesla the Wonder Eagle”, calling it “one tough bird.”
The lines were repaired and power restored at 7:56 PM.