Cleaning and restoring wildlife affected by oil spills is an important part of the Land Office’s oil spill response effort.
Because oiled animals can inflict serious injury or transmit disease to humans, only personnel licensed by the state of Texas are allowed to handle oiled wildlife, including personnel from state fish and game agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or private rehabilitators. Anyone who finds oiled wildlife should notify the appropriate authorities and await instructions from licensed personnel.
The Land Office Oil Spill Prevention and Response Program maintains specialized equipment to ensure oiled animals are cleaned and cared for before returning to the wild.