If you encounter wildlife that has been impacted by the recent Yellowstone river spill there are things that you can do to protect both yourself and the animals that you observe.
Do not attempt to chase and/or catch the animals; oiled animals are already stressed and this would only add to the stress they are already under. Oiled animals can harm you and themselves while struggling to escape. For this reason, only trained, authorized wildlife professionals should attempt capture.
We are asking that you call the wildlife hotline number that has been established for this incident. The number is 855-794-9422. Please be prepared to provide the following information:
(1) Number and species (if known) of animals impacted;
(2) Date and time that the animals were seen;
(3) Specific location of the animals and directions to the site;
(4) How are the animals acting? Are they feeding? Can they fly? What is the degree of oiling (heavy to light)?
We have professional oiled wildlife response personnel in the field to retrieve the affected wildlife.
Livestock owners and domestic animal owners in close proximity to the incident and down-river, please be advised that animals grazing and near the Yellowstone River are at risk of coming in contact with oil. We are recommending that you restrict access to the river by your livestock or domestic animals.
If you have any questions or concerns, or to report impacted livestock or domestic animals please call the wildlife hotline number at 855-794-9422.