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Police Warn Against Hammocking On High Voltage Electricity Towers

Anish Vij

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Police Warn Against Hammocking On High Voltage Electricity Towers

Police officers in Utah say they've noticed an increase in people hammocking on electricity towers.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The Weber County Sheriff's Office aren't just concerned with those hanging Hammocks, whilst some are deciding to climb between high voltage power lines.

I mean, do they not have rock climbing in Utah?

Credit: Facebook/Weber County Sheriff's Office
Credit: Facebook/Weber County Sheriff's Office

They released a statement on Facebook whilst issuing their concerns: "Over the past few years we have noticed an increase in people hammocking from the power lines on the bench of North Ogden and Pleasant View.

"The hammockers are climbing up the tower and sometimes between power lines. These lines carry 75,000 kilovolts and that power can jump from the lines.

"This activity is extremely risky. Rocky Mountain Power and the Sheriff's Office will be conducting extra patrols of the area and anyone caught on the towers will be cited for trespassing.

"We would really hate to see someone injured from either a fall or electrocution. Parents, please pass this along to your children."

It is said that the area will now be heavily patrolled by sheriff's office and Rocky Moutain Power.

Anyone thought to be trespassing may be cited for trespassing.

In other hammock-related news and equally as strange - a deer spent six months with a hammock stuck to its antlers.

Credit: Facebook/Carrot the Magic Deer
Credit: Facebook/Carrot the Magic Deer

The buck first became entangled with the hammock near Lake Natoma, California, last summer.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) were then tasked with tracking him down so that they could remove it - and the 'hammock buck' became somewhat of a local celebrity in the process.

After almost half a year, thankfully, the team was able to locate him just a few days before Christmas. They subsequently tranquilised him and removed his antlers for extra protection from poaching.

The CDFW waited in place for an hour to get the shot and this was the third time they had tried to tranquilise him.

Speaking to CBS Sacramento, Captain Patrick Foy of the CDFW said: "People tend to grossly oversimplify the animal-capture process.

"We showed up in the dark and basically ambushed the deer. We were in full camouflage.

"This animal had no idea we were there. My partner got a good dart in the right spot which is generally the major muscle groups.

"We want to make them so that they are not vulnerable to poaching."

Featured Image Credit: Pexels

Topics: USA

Anish Vij
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