Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Squirrels Go Nuts

This disturbing article appeared recently in USA Today and begs several questions. What's wrong with Georgia squirrels? And what in the world is PETA doing to put a stop to this? I suggest tearing down all electrical lines and resorting to candle power until we can implement training programs to keep squirrels from electrocuting themselves.
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Suicide squirrels driving utilities nuts
The Lincoln Electric System uses a squirrel guard from a company called Central Maloney. The picture shows an older version of squirrel guard on a transformer bushing.

Squirrels that fry themselves on power lines and transformers cause tens of thousands of blackouts every year.

Some states have seen a massive jump in recent years in the number of such outages. In Georgia, squirrel-related outages more than tripled from 5,273 in 2005 to 16,750 in 2006.

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