An Eagle Dented a Car in Wisconsin: Is It Covered by Car Insurance?

Lisa Steuer McArdle
· 3 min read
Most drivers have at least one interesting story or
car repair
situation that they’ve been through. Some aren't quite as entertaining as getting hit by a
clown car
, but there's one driver in
who might have an even better story.
That’s because it seems his car got dented by an eagle dropping a fish.
A Wisconsin driver’s car was dented by an eagle dropping a fish.

Something's fishy in Wisconsin

What would you think if you go to your car, find there's a
huge dent
in the hood, and a carp is lying nearby?
Well, if you live in the City of Neenah in Wisconsin, you immediately think an eagle dropped a fish on your hood.
reports that a building inspector came out to check the vehicle and discovered this odd scenario. As hilarious as this seems, it wasn't a minor dent. Most of the hood is dented in, and there's even a faint impression of the fish.
Everyone agreed that just slapping the hood with a fish couldn't do that much damage. In order to destroy tt cause that much damage with a carp, it would have to come from up high.
With that in mind, the only viable theory is that an eagle dropped it—unless someone is flying around in a plane and randomly throwing fish out, of course.
While this seems strange, it appears that this happens quite often in Neenah, Wisconsin.
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In Wisconsin, it's raining fish

Life in the City of Neenah certainly isn't dull. Apparently, there are fish falling from the sky frequently enough that some residents fear being hit in the head with a fish as they walk into work.
In an interview with the
Post Crescent
, the Neenah office manager Samantha Jefferson said, "I walked into work, and now I have this irrational fear that I'm going to get hit by a fish, but maybe it's not irrational. It is kind of funny because as it went around City Hall, people were saying that happened at High Cliff last summer, or this just happened to my friend. I think it's more common than we think."

Will car insurance cover damage by an eagle?

Considering there's no real claim for an eagle randomly dropping objects on your vehicle, how exactly do you go about explaining this to your insurance agent? Is there some way to file a
car insurance
While it's not likely you'll find yourself in this exact scenario—unless you live in the City of Neenah, of course—you may find yourself in a similar situation. One example would be if a tree limb falls on your car. If that's the case, then
comprehensive insurance
should cover your claim.
This type of insurance typically covers things like damage due to vandalism, natural disaster, contact with animals or a variety of other unexpected incidents that don’t involve a collision with another vehicle.
While some states require comprehensive insurance, others do not. If you don’t have comprehensive insurance, it might be worth your time to invest in it.
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