[Tweeters] Hotline to report sick or dead swans
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Fri Nov 20 07:00:28 PST 2015
*Hotline to report dead, sick or injured swans available*
OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has
re-established a hotline to report dead, sick or injured swans in three
northwest Washington counties as part of its ongoing effort to assess the
impact of lead poisoning on trumpeter swans.
People can call (360) 466-4345, ext. 266, to report dead, sick or injured
swans in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties. Callers should be prepared
to leave a message including their name and phone number, and the location
and condition of the swans.
The hotline is available 24 hours a day through the end of March.
Some trumpeter swans in those three counties, and in southwestern British
Columbia, die each winter from lead poisoning after ingesting lead shot in
areas where they feed.
Lead shot has been banned for waterfowl hunting in Washington for more than
25 years. But swans can still pick up and ingest lead shot while foraging
in shallow underwater areas in fields and roosts where lead shot is still
People who observe dead, sick or injured swans are advised not to handle or
collect the birds, said Paul DeBruyn, WDFW wildlife biologist for Skagit
and Whatcom counties.
Instead, people should call the hotline, he said. WDFW, Puget Sound Energy
employees and volunteers will pick up the birds.
WDFW and other agencies and organizations have been working since 2001 to
reduce swan mortalities and locate sources of toxic lead.
*Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an
alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in
WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores
Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (*
*dolores.noyes at dfw.wa.gov*
For more information, see *
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