Hunters told to watch for oiled ducks, spill teams
BATON ROUGE - Duck hunters in Louisiana are being reminded to keep an eye out for oiled ducks and oil spill clean-up crews this season.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says teams of people are going to be out in coastal areas frequented by hunters gathering samples for testing and cleaning oil out of the marshes and wetlands.
Hunters are being told to stay at least 65 feet away from any existing clean-up activities or equipment, which could include aerial and boat surveys, fish trapping and underwater plant sampling.
LDWF officials said the Coast Guard and other oil spill response operations have been asked to wait to start their work until after the early-morning hours of opening weekend, in order to avoid crowding boat ramps and disturbing areas being used by hunters.
Hunters are also being reminded not to eat visibly-oiled ducks, and report any oiled bird harvested or observed in the wild to LDWF at (225) 278-8082. Oiled birds should be wrapped in aluminum foil or paper and taken to a field office or active bag check station so it can be analyzed and become part of the oil spill damage assessment.
Duck season gets underway Saturday and will run through Jan. 30.
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