Jul 14, 2010 7:10 PM by Melissa Canone
The rescue of oiled wildlife impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues to be an important mission for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). Working closely with state, federal and contracted forces assembled to rescue birds, sea turtles and marine mammals, LDWF biologists patrol coastal waters and marshes daily searching for wildlife in distress.
Wildlife rescue forces also respond to calls received via the oiled wildlife response hotline at 1-866-557-1401.
Through Wednesday, July 14, rescue numbers include the following breakdown:
BIRDS (Overview for duration of response) -
2,986 total birds collected within the five-state impact area (LA, MS, AL, FL, TX).
Louisiana bird collections only:
1,555 total birds processed in LA through Fort Jackson rehabilitation center in Buras, LA.
837 birds collected alive.
718 birds dead on arrival at rehabilitation center, euthanized due to extent of injury or dead after rehabilitation efforts unsuccessful.
461 birds treated and released.
MARINE REPTILES & MAMMALS (Overview for duration of response) --
660 sea turtles collected in the five-state impact zone.
106 sea turtles of the total above were collected in LA waters (9 recovered alive; 97 dead).
64 dolphins have been collected in the five-state impact area -
35 dolphins were from LA waters (1 recovered alive; 34 dead).
Wildlife impact numbers are reported to the Unified Area Command from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, incident area commands, rehabilitation centers, and other authorized sources operating within the Deepwater Horizon/BP incident impact area.