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

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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

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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.

Bobcats in Orono

Credit: John Holyoke | Jodi Clayton

Maybe it was the bitter cold, or maybe it was an ancient and unspeakable thirst for blood, but a hungry bobcat in Orono this winter got in trouble for eating at least one neighborhood cat.

A game warden later captured the bobcat and released it back into the wild.

And just this month, authorities collared another bobcat in Orono that got into a chicken coop.

Moose fails to indicate before changing lanes

The moose equivalent of Vin Diesel raced a car on Falmouth Spur in 2012 before crossing the lane — without using its turn signal! — then jumped the guard rail, crossed the other side of the highway, and ran into the woods.

Baby moose attacks worker

Here’s another reason why you shouldn’t mess with a moose.

A contract worker who was releasing a moose that had been temporarily captured for a study got knocked around last winter outside Jackman.

“You won’t believe I just got my butt kicked by a calf moose,” said Wes Livingston, who took the video. “You know, they’re pretty tough in Maine.”


Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...