A raccoon likely looking for a warm place to spend the night caused an hours-long power outage covering much of Cody early Thursday morning.
Public Works Director Philip Bowman said the critter most likely caused power to arc between two lines inside the Glendale Substation. The raccoon received far more heat than it had been looking for and its carcass was discovered on site.
“I would not be surprised if the raccoon was just trying to get warm,” he said. “That was still a pretty cold night.”
City administrator Barry Cook said power at the Glendale substation was first reported as being out at 4:30 a.m. and crew responded within 20 minutes. The raccoon’s trespassing led to a vast area going dark, from around the golf course to the airport area.
Bowman said city crews prioritized returning power to the airport around 6 a.m. and then restored power to the other areas.
“They’re still determining if there was any damage, but usually the safety mechanisms kick in to protect the equipment,” he said.
Bowman added while wind causes a lot of damage with power lines, animals do cause issues and crews have put up mesh to keep birds from getting into transformers or substations.
In 2016, starlings repeatedly flying into power lines caused brief outages.
Raccoons, with those crafty little paws, are clearly another story.