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Wild turkeys causing power problems

 

January 29, 2020

Wild turkeys forage for food along Grant Street in Coulee Dam last November, enjoying ornamental crab apples that drop from city-owned trees. - Scott Hunter photo

More than half the power outages in the city of Coulee Dam last year were caused by wild turkeys that roam the town freely.

Last year the town, which operates its own electric utility, suffered nine power outages, the last five all because of the big birds, said Mike Steffens, the city superintendent who gets to deal with such emergencies.

Each time, that takes a minimum of two employees spendi...



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