For more information on habitat issues, please contact the
WDFW Habitat Program.
Phone: 360-902-2534

For more information on WDFW managed lands including wildlife areas, please contact the
WDFW Wildlife Program.
Phone: 360-902-2515


To report an oil spill call:

Photo: Mallard duck covered by oil from spill.

Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation

During oil spills, Spill Team members typically manage that part of the Incident Command System (the Wildlife Branch) which is focused on the mobilization of the resources needed to rescue and rehabilitate oiled wildlife.

Outside of oil spills, the Spill Team takes part in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation planning and preparedness activities such as:

  • Working with the petroleum industry to establish adequate oiled wildlife rescue capabilities.
  • Developing rules, care standards, and protocols for oiled wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Developing and managing contracts with wildlife response experts to recruit and train oiled wildlife rescue personnel.


Washington Oiled Sea Otter Response Handbook
The Washington Oiled Sea Otter Response Handbook provides guidance on the preferred methods for locating, recovering and rehabilitating sea otters injured by contact with oil.

Please contact us for more information.

Photo: Oil spill response mobile lab.
  Related Links

US Fish & Wildlife Oiled Wildlife Care Network
Region 10 Regional Response Team Progressive Animal Welfare
Focus Wildlife Tri-State Bird Rescue
Islands' Oil Spill Association NOAA Fisheries
International Bird Rescue Research Center