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Moose caught in power lines, hangs 50 feet in air
Associated Press ^ | October 18, 2004

Posted on 10/21/2004 10:59:53 AM PDT by Area Freeper

A bull moose was suspended 50 feet in the air after its antlers became tangled in a power line under construction southeast of Fairbanks.

The incident happened on October 5 on the Pogo Mine Road. The moose apparently became tangled in electrical wires while the line, under construction to the Teck Pogo gold mine about 80 miles southeast of Fairbanks, was close to the ground.

Workers noticed something wrong after tightening the line, and backtracked to find the moose hanging by its antlers.

The moose was alive when it was lowered to the ground, but Department of Fish and Game officials decided to kill it rather than tranquilize it before removing the wires.

Officials say they were worried the stressed moose would die and the drugged meat would not be salvageable.

"The only unfortunate part is we had to shoot the moose," said Gabriel Marian, president of City Electric Inc., the contractor erecting the power line to the mine. "It would be more of a feel-good story if we had let it down and it ran off."

The moose may have weighed as much as 1,200 pounds. Dave Davenport, a technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Delta Junction, said he is trying recover the antlers.

The workers believe the moose may have come across the sagging and swaying wires and decided to challenge the power line to a fight, as bull moose are known to do during the rut, or mating season.

"My guess is he was in full rut and probably seen that line moving out there," and decided to fight, said Marvin Pickens, line construction manager for City Electric in Anchorage.

Crews can lay up to five miles of line at a time before tightening it with a giant hydraulic winch, said Pickens.

The line is pulled through leaders on the crossties at the top of the power poles and then winched tight with as much as 5,000 pounds of pressure, he said.

"As you're pulling, it constantly droops up and down," said Pickens. "My guess is that he was right in the middle of one of the sections when it got pulled up."

The moose was likely suspended in the air for only a matter of minutes before workers investigated and found it, Marian said.

It was tangled in static, the half-inch cable that is strung up next to the power lines to serve as a lightning rod, said Pickens.

"I've been in this state 28 years and I've never seen anything like that," said Pickens. "City Electric has been in business for 52 years and never had an incident like this.

"I can't see how it could happen but it happened," he said.

Davenport talked to Karl Hanneman, manager of public and environmental affairs for Teck-Pogo, and made the decision to have City Electric workers shoot the moose, based on reports he got about the animal's condition.

Tranquilizing an animal at that point can be deadly, he said.

"If they're really wore down, they'll succumb to (the drugs) and die," Davenport said. "Then you can't salvage the meat because of the drugs in it."

The meat was donated to a local resident, he said.

City Electric workers tried in vain to free the moose once it was lowered to the ground, Marian said. The moose was thrashing about trying to free itself, posing a threat to anyone who got near.

A pair of photos showing the moose hanging by its antlers began circulating on the Internet on Thursday. State wildlife biologist Tom Seaton thought it was a hoax when he first saw the photos.

"If you believe in UFOs you might believe in this," Seaton said on Thursday. After being told the photo was authentic on Friday, Seaton was still skeptical.

"I still find it hard to believe," he said.


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; US: Alaska
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1 posted on 10/21/2004 10:59:54 AM PDT by Area Freeper
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To: Area Freeper

did the moose bite anyone's sister ?


2 posted on 10/21/2004 11:01:03 AM PDT by kingattax
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To: Area Freeper
The moose was alive when it was lowered to the ground, but Department of Fish and Game officials decided to kill it rather than tranquilize it before removing the wires.

Officials say they were worried the stressed moose would die and the drugged meat would not be salvageable.

Besides that...it was lunchtime!

3 posted on 10/21/2004 11:01:25 AM PDT by B Knotts ("John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security.")
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To: Area Freeper

Did this moose call out for someone named 'Rocky'? Was the guy who shot the moose a short guy named Boris? Just wondering.


4 posted on 10/21/2004 11:02:31 AM PDT by pikachu (The REAL script)
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To: Area Freeper
I guess he won't be sister-biting any time soon.
5 posted on 10/21/2004 11:02:37 AM PDT by atomicpossum (If there are two Americas, John Edwards isn't qualified to lead either of them.)
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To: B Knotts

Pictures?


6 posted on 10/21/2004 11:02:52 AM PDT by juggernaut
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To: Area Freeper

This is too much for me to handle.

This is series, reel series. A hugh story that has left me stuned.
My beeber will be on if anyone gets more info. I'm heading to the showers.


7 posted on 10/21/2004 11:03:22 AM PDT by ColoCdn (Truth never dies)
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To: Area Freeper; BlueLancer; martin_fierro; Tijeras_Slim

Photo courtesy of City Electric Inc.
BIZARRE INCIDENT--A moose hangs from a power pole near the Pogo Mine on Oct. 5

8 posted on 10/21/2004 11:03:56 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

Wow!


9 posted on 10/21/2004 11:04:25 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Area Freeper
"The meat was donated to a local resident, he said."

I understand that moose meat goes quite well with cheese.

10 posted on 10/21/2004 11:04:52 AM PDT by chs68
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To: Area Freeper
"The meat was donated to a local resident, he said."

I understand that moose meat goes quite well with cheese.

11 posted on 10/21/2004 11:05:27 AM PDT by chs68
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To: Area Freeper

what, no pic? or did I just give up before it loaded?


12 posted on 10/21/2004 11:05:30 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Area Freeper

I nominate this moose for a Darwin Award.


13 posted on 10/21/2004 11:05:37 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Area Freeper; All
Apparently this is the original article:

Wired moose - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Oct. 17, 2004

14 posted on 10/21/2004 11:06:09 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

You know what? That's horrifying.


15 posted on 10/21/2004 11:06:12 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: Constitution Day

Looks like he tried to climb the pole to hide from hunters and it didn't work.


16 posted on 10/21/2004 11:06:23 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Constitution Day

Looks like he tried to climb the pole to hide from hunters and it didn't work.


17 posted on 10/21/2004 11:06:23 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Constitution Day

Okay. That's just odd.


18 posted on 10/21/2004 11:06:24 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: Dog Gone

That's what it gets for walking on powerlines.


19 posted on 10/21/2004 11:06:36 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (If it talks like a liberal, votes like a liberal and spends like a liberal, it's a liberal.)
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To: Area Freeper; Constitution Day
I said it before, I'll say it again:

That's møøsed up.

20 posted on 10/21/2004 11:06:44 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Harsh not my mellow)
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To: Area Freeper
The workers believe the moose may have come across the sagging and swaying wires and decided to challenge the power line to a fight, as bull moose are known to do during the rut, or mating season.

I'm very surprised that the moose is not on the extinct list if this is how stupid they are.

21 posted on 10/21/2004 11:07:30 AM PDT by cgk (Teresa Heinz Kerry: ``The Democratic machine in this country is putrid.'')
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To: hellinahandcart

Isn't it ever!

Photo found through Google News search.


22 posted on 10/21/2004 11:07:45 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

My God, that's horrible.

Glad some folks are getting a laugh out of it.


23 posted on 10/21/2004 11:08:43 AM PDT by StoneColdGOP (Vote Bush, he's the closest we can get to Vicente Fox... for now.)
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To: StoneColdGOP

Yeah, it is.


24 posted on 10/21/2004 11:09:52 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day

Bite my sister, will ya?!!!


25 posted on 10/21/2004 11:09:56 AM PDT by The_Victor (Calvin: "Do tigers wear pajamas?", Hobbes: "Truth is we never take them off.")
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To: Dan from Michigan; Gabz; maxwell; xsmommy; tioga; CholeraJoe; theDentist
This is a series problem of hugh interest to all those in search-and-rescue effronts, and a wierd one (er, wired one) tp boot too!
26 posted on 10/21/2004 11:10:03 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Kerry's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Area Freeper

I hear Kerry is going Moose hunting next.


27 posted on 10/21/2004 11:10:41 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: Area Freeper
The moose was thrashing about trying to free itself, posing a threat to anyone who got near.

Mind you, Moose bites can be veri nasti...

28 posted on 10/21/2004 11:10:48 AM PDT by 70times7 (An open mind is a cesspool of thought)
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To: Constitution Day

Does a hanging moose count on Alaska's ballots?


29 posted on 10/21/2004 11:11:13 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 ("Hey, Terrorist!... Terrorize THIS!")
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To: kingattax

a moose fell on my sister.


30 posted on 10/21/2004 11:11:47 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Constitution Day
A moose hangs from a power pole near the Pogo Mine

Pogo mine huh?
31 posted on 10/21/2004 11:12:11 AM PDT by Mike Fieschko (Stop or I shall be forced to say stop again.)
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To: Area Freeper

Come Natasha. Now we get Squirrel!


32 posted on 10/21/2004 11:12:24 AM PDT by LonelyMinnesotaConservative
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To: DannyTN

LOL...sorry


33 posted on 10/21/2004 11:12:45 AM PDT by kingattax
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To: Mike Fieschko

Pogo Mine - We have met the enemy, and he is moose.


34 posted on 10/21/2004 11:13:09 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 ("Hey, Terrorist!... Terrorize THIS!")
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To: Lazamataz; Neets; Bitwhacker; b4its2late; Dog; Species8472

FYI


35 posted on 10/21/2004 11:13:17 AM PDT by kayak (Have you prayed for your President today?)
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To: Mike Fieschko

Are you implying that the moose used a Pogo Stick?


36 posted on 10/21/2004 11:13:51 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: SlowBoat407

Moose taught to hang from power lines and fill out complex forms by Knute Hermsgevoortebortenntaggen


37 posted on 10/21/2004 11:14:28 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 ("Hey, Terrorist!... Terrorize THIS!")
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To: Constitution Day

Are WE becoming the hunted?

:)

38 posted on 10/21/2004 11:14:31 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: LonelyMinnesotaConservative

From Frostbite Falls?


39 posted on 10/21/2004 11:14:34 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: LonelyMinnesotaConservative
They would have found him even quicker had they just followed these...


40 posted on 10/21/2004 11:15:37 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (President Kerry - - there, scared ya didn't I?)
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To: Area Freeper

Hold muh bear while we tighen this line with a Moose in it.


41 posted on 10/21/2004 11:15:46 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Area Freeper

Now I have heard everything!

Truly wierd.


42 posted on 10/21/2004 11:15:47 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: Area Freeper
Am I the only one that misread this as "Moore caught in power lines, hangs 50 feet in air"?

If only it were. Poor moose.
43 posted on 10/21/2004 11:16:07 AM PDT by PumaMan
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To: Area Freeper
Antlers in the wires by.... Who Goosed the Moose
44 posted on 10/21/2004 11:16:19 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Area Freeper

At first glance, I thought the thread said, "MOORE Caught In Power Lines." What a disappointment!


45 posted on 10/21/2004 11:16:23 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: Constitution Day

"I guess you could say that sucker was caught 'like a duck in a noose.'"

46 posted on 10/21/2004 11:16:40 AM PDT by Area Freeper (From John Kerry, they get a "yes/no/maybe" bowl of mush that can only encourage our enemies)
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To: Area Freeper

This would not have happened if Bush didn't turn back all the environmental laws and put Haliburton in charge. They need to cease and desist until they can guarantee the safety of Moose.


47 posted on 10/21/2004 11:16:52 AM PDT by Raycpa (Alias, VRWC_minion,)
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To: Area Freeper

No, I said put a NOOSE in the line!


48 posted on 10/21/2004 11:16:57 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 ("Hey, Terrorist!... Terrorize THIS!")
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To: kayak

"The workers believe the moose may have come across the sagging and swaying wires and decided to challenge the power line to a fight, as bull moose are known to do during the rut, or mating season.

"My guess is he was in full rut and probably seen that line moving out there," and decided to fight, said Marvin Pickens, line construction manager for City Electric in Anchorage."


well, he wanted to get f----d

he got f----d


49 posted on 10/21/2004 11:17:03 AM PDT by daku
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To: StoneColdGOP
My God, that's horrible.

I'm guessing that their necks are pretty strong, like dogs, and that this didn't hurt very much. The article also mentions that the moose was only up there for a few minutes.

50 posted on 10/21/2004 11:17:25 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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