Steamboat Springs Raccoons once again struck a Yampa Valley Electric Association substation, this time causing 2,540 customers to lose power for up to two hours early Monday morning. The outage was the fourth animal-related blackout in two months.
"We're at a loss what's going with the animals. Maybe we should call Dr. Doolittle, I don't know," said Jim Chappell, YVEA spokesman. "The crew looked at the fencing and can't figure out how the animal got in."
Chappell said the raccoon didn't appear to cause any damage to the equipment when it shorted out the Steamboat Springs Airport substation about 2 a.m. Monday.
Crews had electricity restored to the last of western Steamboat Springs customers by 3:52 a.m.
Chappell said it is very unusual for so many animal-caused outages to happen in a short period of time. Previous animal-caused blackouts caused more than $1 million in damages to the Mount Werner substation within the past two months.
The airport station supposedly was animal proof, with barbed wire running around the top of the fence, Chappell said.