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Electrocuted bobcat to blame for Ventura County wildfire

It wasn't arson, a tossed cigarette or a lightning strike that ignited a five-acre brush fire in eastern Ventura County.

It was an electrocuted bobcat.

About 75 firefighters responded to the brush fire that broke out near the town of Piru about 3 a.m. Monday, containing the blaze in just a few hours, said Ventura County Fire Capt. Ron Oatman.

When fire investigators arrived on scene, they found an unusual piece of evidence: the charred remains of a bobcat that had apparently scaled a power line, been electrocuted and fallen to the ground, lighting the grass on fire.

"It's very common to happen with birds; this is the first bobcat I've heard of," Oatman said.

-- Tony Barboza

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The bobcat was probably an illegal immigrant

Yikes. I thought there were safeguards on the wires to ground them so wildlife wouldn't be zapped?
...apparently not.

here kitty kitty kitty...

The L A Times should start an immediate investigation into why the power company is bigoted against felines. The power company obviously wants to take advantage of these poor undocumented victims. They only climb those power poles to build a better life for their families.

There will be a protest at the Venture County Courthouse next Saturday; the L A Times must cover this fight for freedom and justice -- bring all your feline friends.

Yet another example of how the power companies' lax safety standards endanger both our environment and public welfare.

It was George Bush's bobcat. Bush is to blame once again.

Humans are not the superior species.

I'm with you, Eve... quite disturbing.

Ok. Lets blame the bobcat!! Not the human that is responsible for for the poorly designed poles!!!

Somebody smoked out too much, and now hes baked!

yeah, the authorities should've predicted and prepared for a BOBCAT CLIMBING A TELEPHONE POLE. damn humans!


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