Re: Why is it safe for squirrels to run on electrical lines?
Ya, I've found a few dead squirrels at the bottom of power poles. Usually it's the transformer that gets them because the wires are close together and they brush up against two, completing the circuit. In fact, once I heard a loud "boom!!" and the power immediately went out. I went to the nearest pole that had a transformer, and yup, there was a dead squirrel on the ground, still warm. I think there were burn marks but my memory isn't giving me a clear enough picture to see them right now.
And it's not only squirrels. Once I found a dead hawk laying on the ground under the pole, and that was sad, because they're such beautiful birds.