Our wildlife have a long and proud history of not caring about state law — or the petty needs of humans.
And now, Emera Maine is blaming an Aroostook County power outage on a beaver who gnawed a tree, which fell on a transmission line. It’s the latest example of how our well-designed civilization can grind to a halt thanks to just one furry creature.
Here are a few times animals created havoc and headaches.
South Portland bees
Omid Ghayebi, of South Portland, set off a debate in 2007 about the relatively unheard-of practice of urban beekeeping. Seeking food and water, his bees liked to go hang out in his neighbor’s backyard, including by their kiddie pool.
That led to South Portland passing an ordinance limiting the number of hives allowed on someone’s property, and requiring beekeepers to pay annual fees.
(Please note that I did not use a single bee pun. You’re welcome.)
Pepe the rooster
In the time he lived in East Millinocket, this mouthy little guy (not pictured) was such a pain for his neighbors that town leaders are actually considering outlawing roosters altogether in some parts.
Such a law would not include chickens.
“Chickens don’t cock-a-doodle doo at 3 o’clock in the morning,” explained town Administrative Assistant Angela Cote.