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Wildlife Response Services

Proactive wildlife response strategies are key to mounting a wildlife response that minimizes wildlife impacts and reduces overall costs. 

  • GOALS:  Generally, the best response strategy is to prevent wildlife from being impacted by the product via an effective monitoring and deterrence program. If wildlife impacts are unavoidable, proactive search and collection to quickly retrieve contaminated animals is imperative to improving success rates, while reducing costs by facilitating more efficiency throughout Wildlife Branch operations.
  • OBJECTIVES:  Additional objectives include the provision of an organized, transparent, inclusive and fair process.  Application of proven incident management and standardized wildlife care protocols are fundamental in achieving these objectives.
  • VARIABLES:  The success of rehabilitation efforts differ based on the number of animals and numerous other variables, including: the immediacy of the response effort, the species involved, the care and facility requirements, the time of year, the contaminant type, and the extent and duration of contamination.

Wildlife response phases

Impact Assessment

  • Real time estimate of wildlife resource impacts
  • Projection of potential impact to wildlife
  • Determination of wildlife response recommendations and resource requirements

Wildlife Monitoring

  • Ongoing monitoring of wildlife resources in and around spill area to assure health and safety throughout cleanup operations
  • Determine ongoing and fluctuating potential resource risks should additional product be released


  • Active and passive deterrence of non-impacted wildlife away from oiled areas into specific unimpacted areas
  • Species and season-specific methods utilized
  • Resource agency approval required

Wildlife recovery

  • The identification and capture of live impacted wildlife (on-water, on-land)
  • The removal of deceased impacted wildlife from the environment
  • Requires proper equipment and extensive training
  • Start Chain of Custody

field stabilization

  • Critical care of newly captured live wildlife
  • Triage
  • Short term medical stabilization in preparation for successful transfer to temporary Wildlife Center
  • Specialized and equipped mobile Field Stabilization Unit


  • Safe and supportive transfer of wildlife from Field Stabilization Unit to temporary Wildlife Center
  • Dedicated response personnel and vehicle required

Facility development

  • Proactive mobilization of a temporary wildlife rehabilitation center within the general vicinity of the oil spill
  • Adherence to internationally accepted Minimum Standards for the Care of Oiled Wildlife
  • Requires highly specialized supplies and equipment


  • Evidence collection for product fingerprinting (feather/fur sample, carcass)
  • Maintenance of Chain of Custody
  • Photographic documentation
  • Individual identification
  • Database tracking
  • Specific protocols must be followed (live and dead)


  • Thorough physical examination of individual
  • Conduct initial bloodwork
  • Develop treatment plan
  • Triage


  • Fluid, nutrition and medical stabilization of impacted wildlife
  • Regular bloodwork to assess condition of individual
  • Adequately prepare animals for cleaning process (must pass standardized health parameters to progress to wash)
  • Significant facility thermal support and air scrubbing required


  • Removal of oil/contaminants from impacted animals by specialized wash
  • Removal of cleaning agent by specialized rinse
  • Drying clean wildlife
  • Large water volume and high water pressure required


  • Provide ongoing supportive care, necessary medical treatments
  • Provide access to safe and suitable captive habitat
  • Restore waterproofing and physical heath in preparation for successful release
  • Perform regular bloodwork to monitor condition of individuals


  • Identification of clean, appropriate release site
  • Seasonal and migration considerations
  • Banding/tagging individuals
  • Return clean, healthy wildlife back to the environment (must pass standardized health parameter to progress to release)