Press Release
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Investigating Waterfowl Deaths at Lakewood, CO Retention Pond
Reward offered for information leading to a conviction

LAKEWOOD, CO — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking the public’s help identifying those responsible for polluting a retention pond at 3222 S. Vance Street in Lakewood.

Federal and local agencies deployed to the pond after being notified of a suspicious white sheen on its surface late on January 19, 2017. On January 20, 2017, authorities learned the unidentified substance was contaminating the water and harming the health of waterfowl. Until cleanup could be completed, more than thirty ducks and geese were killed, and several more were impacted.

Recent lab results suggest the contaminant included commercial cooking oil waste, and it is believed to have been introduced upstream of the pond repeatedly over the course of three weeks, from approximately January 18, 2017 to February 2, 2017.

To safeguard wildlife and public health, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is encouraging persons with information about this incident to call Resident Agent in Charge Tom Tidwell at (720) 981-2777, ext. 226. Callers do not have to identify themselves, and a reward of up to $1,000 may be available for information leading to a conviction of the person(s) responsible.

As indicators of healthy land and water, waterfowl such as ducks and geese are protected by state and federal law, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. 

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