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OK electric crews say pole climbing bobcat caused power outage

Brian Alford

(AP) -- Oklahoma Gas and Electric officials said a pole climbing bobcat is to blame for a power outage in southern Oklahoma.

OG&E spokesman Brian Alford said repair crews found the smoldering body of the bobcat Tuesday at the top of a utility pole in Johnston County.

Alford said squirrels, snakes and small rodents have caused outages in the past -- but this is the first time he's heard of a bobcat causing an outage.

He said crews believe the bobcat climbed the utility pole and then touched two power lines at the same time.

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