Washington State News: Busy Woodpecker Almost Takes Down Entire Utility Pole

This Washington state news story hails from Snohomish County. Here, Woody Woodpecker is much more than a distant Looney Tunes cartoon, for one of his kind caused considerable havoc when it almost chewed through an entire wooden utility pole last week.

Social Media Exposes This Bizarre Washington State News Story

#1. Devastated Telephone Pole

Washington State News: Busy Woodpecker Almost Takes Down Entire Utility Pole
Photo: KOMO

Snohomish County is located in the western portion of the state of Washington, about halfway between its northern and southern borders. The Snohomish County Public Utility District posted a photo on Facebook that received a great deal of attention. It was the shocking vision of a wooden power pole pecked almost to its foundation and hanging by barely a thread. How the pole remained standing after sustaining so much damage is a miracle in itself. Most agreed that just one more peck would have caused it to tumble to the ground, causing a severe power outage or worse.

The District Made Washington State News and Replaced The Pole The Same Day

#2. Pole Close-Up

Washington State News: Busy Woodpecker Almost Takes Down Entire Utility Pole  Washington State News: Busy Woodpecker Almost Takes Down Entire Utility Pole
Photo: Patch.com

After the fact, social media users had their fun with this incident, but it could have had very dangerous results. Luckily, one resident informed authorities and within hours they replaced the pole. Although woodpecker damage is nothing new in this county, the degree to which this bird pecked almost all the way through the pole is very unusual and made Washington state news. At first, they believed the culprit was a beaver, but they soon realized that no beaver, no matter how industrious, could climb that high up a utility pole.

Why Do Woodpeckers Do What They Do?

#3. Pileated Woodpecker

Washington State News: Busy Woodpecker Almost Takes Down Entire Utility Pole  Washington State News: Busy Woodpecker Almost Takes Down Entire Utility Pole  Washington State News: Busy Woodpecker Almost Takes Down Entire Utility Pole
Photo:Ornithology.com


Woodpeckers make their own peculiar statement in the animal world. They peck into trees for a variety of reasons, including searching for food or creating a nesting site within the cavities of dead or dying trees. They are known to “drum” or peck repeatedly to establish their territory and also to attract mates. Mother Nature has provided them with pecking equipment which includes: two toes in front and two in back and stiffened tail feathers, which allow the bird to lean back and pound like a wild drum. They even have a natural shock absorber in the form of a special muscle and tendon mechanism at the back of the jaw.

All’s well that ends well, at least for one utility pole that has made Washington state news.

Will it happen again?

Probably, but at least we can hope it won’t and…knock on wood!

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