A wildlife trailer contains all the equipment and supplies needed to safely clean oiled birds and animals.
Wildlife trailers are 40-feet long and have their own hot water heaters and generators, allowing them to operate in remote areas of the Texas coast.
One of the more colorful Land Office wildlife trailers.
Eight large sinks in this wildlife trailer allow many animals to be cleaned in the event of a major spill making landfall.
Wildlife trailers have various layouts, each having different capabilities.
Saving oiled wildlife is part of the oil spill response mission of the Land Office.
A wood duck gets a thorough rinsing in a wildlife trailer.
This little fellow was oiled in the Eagle Otome spill near Port Arthur in early 2010.
A sad looking pelican awaits its turn to be cleaned during the Eagle Otome spill.
Husbandry trailer complements a wildlife trailer, providing facilities for distressed wildlife to recover after the ordeal of being oiled and cleaned.
Husbandry trailers have cages and heating lamps to care for up to 18 recuperating birds or animals.
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.