US Fish and Wildlife Service 8K Bird Deaths
Over 8,000 birds died so far in the Gulf of Mexico because of BP oil spill
Over a month ago, the US Fish and Wildlife Service reported that over 6,000 birds had perished as a result of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil gush and some 100 dolphins. Yet, that was a month ago and as of December 8 it is unclear just how many of various species – marine wildlife and other wildlife – have perished, except that the number of bird losses has definitely spiked.
For, Nov. 30, the FWS reported that 8,000 birds (of numerous species) had been collected in the Gulf of Mexico. Of this number, over three quarters – or 6,039 – were collected dead or died after collection.
It is important to remember these numbers as the news comes in about fishing area reopenings and “safe” seafood. The numbers are staggering, after all.
According to the Nov. 30 report, 911 brown pelicans have been collected from all five Gulf states – Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Florida and Mississippi – and of that number, 555 perished.
The FWS states on their reports that the numbers are accurate to the best of their knowledge at the time of publication.
To report oiled, injured or dead marine wildlife or wildlife, please call 1-866-557-1401.
The latest Fish and Wildlife Collected Data report was published 11/2, and is available by clicking here.
To read the Nov. 30 report on numbers/species of birds collected by the FWS, click here.