Exit, Pursued by Bear

Two public radio stations in Northern California may have been knocked off the air by a hungry bear.
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Two public radio stations in Northern California may have been knocked off the air by a hungry bear.

The Redding Record Searchlight reported that power was restored Tuesday to the Jefferson Public Radio stations, which had gone silent Sunday afternoon. “It originally was thought that the outage was caused by a microwave equipment failure or a severed power line on Mt. Bradley near Dunsmuir,” the paper reported.

“But Darin Ransom, JPR’s director of engineering, said Tuesday that the likely culprit was a bear that apparently had pulled apart a special connector while trying to get to a beehive under the cable. The bear was nowhere in sight when repair workers arrived, he said.”

The station Web site says the problem affected listeners in Shasta County and much of Siskiyou County.

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