For more information on habitat issues, please contact the
WDFW Habitat Program.
For more information on WDFW managed lands including wildlife
areas, please contact the
WDFW Wildlife Program.
Spill Team members
are typically delegated the responsibility of directing the Wildlife
Branch within the Incident Command System per agreements with the
US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries. The Wildlife Branch
mobilizes the resources necessary to address the recovery and rehabilitation
of oiled wildlife.
of oil spills, the Spill Team engages the following wildlife rescue
and rehabilitation tasks and activities on an ongoing basis:
- Working with
the petroleum industry to establish adequate Oiled Wildlife Rescue
rules, care standards, and protocols for oiled wildlife rehabilitation.
and managing contracts with wildlife response experts to recruit
and train a statewide network of oiled wildlife rescue personnel.
Washington Oiled Sea Otter Response Handbook
The Washington Oiled Sea Otter Response Handbook provides guidance on the prefered methods for locating, recovering and rehabilitating sea otters injured by contact with oil during an oil spill in support of the Northwest Area Contingency Plan and the Oiled Wildlife Response Plan.
Oiled Wildlife Rescue Program - 2009 Annual Report
This 2009 Annual Report summarizes the efforts and accomplishments made by the Oiled Wildlife Response Unit within the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) Oil Spill Team. Oiled wildlife rescue and rehabilitation planning and response capabilities in the Northwest were significantly advanced in 2009, especially in the areas of facilities, equipment and training. Although this annual report is authored by WDFW, the successes of 2009 were, and will continue to be, largely dependent on the many individuals in the various federal and state agencies, the petroleum industry, the response community (oil and wildlife), aquaria and wildlife rehabilitation groups who work together in a cooperative manner to achieve mutual goals.
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