PRINCE ALBERT, Canada — Timber!
A busy beaver plunged much of northern Saskatchewan into darkness over the weekend after taking a big bite out of a utility pole, causing it to come crashing down to the ground, authorities said.
Officials with SaskPower said the city of Prince Albert and much of the province to the north of town lost power for around an hour following the collapse of the pole. In all, thousands of customers were left in the dark.
“This was one of our larger wooden power poles and there was ample evidence of beaver damage at the base of it, so beavers had been chewing away at it,” SaskPower spokesperson Jonathan Tremblay told CBC News. “It was a bit of a domino effect.”
Authorities said it is not uncommon for animals to cause power disruptions in the wilds of northern Canada, but that beavers are not the usual culprit.
“Usually, it’s birds flying into substations, or squirrels chewing at things they shouldn’t,” he said. “Beavers are fairly rare.”
The utility was able to get power back to most affected area within an hour, although the outage lasted for up to five hours in other areas.