Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

July 8, 2011

Contact: Leith Edgar 303.895.9143; Leith_Edgar@fws.gov

Public Encouraged to Call Hotline to Report Potentially Oiled Wildlife

BILLINGS, Mont. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service encourages citizens to report visibly oiled or potentially oiled wildlife by calling in sightings to the Wildlife Hotline: 1-800-259-0596.

The free hotline was set up to aid wildlife spill responders in locating potentially affected wildlife. Callers are asked to provide the location and description of wildlife potentially impacted by the Silvertip Pipeline oil spill. Callers should not attempt to capture or touch the wildlife themselves. Rather, responders will attempt to capture reported wildlife. If at all possible, captured wildlife will be rehabilitated and then released back to the wild.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/. Connect with our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/USFWSMountainPrairie, follow our tweets at http://twitter.com/USFWSMtnPrairie, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsmtnprairie/
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