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Oklahoma owl deaths investigated

Oklahoman Published: July 30, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the agency is investigating the death of two owls found coated in oil in northwestern Oklahoma.

Gavin Shire says he can’t comment on the investigation until it’s finished and it’s unclear when it will be completed.

The birds were found with several others in an uncovered saltwater tank. The tank was in neglected oil field located on the Major and Garfield County line.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission are also investigating the incident.

A report from the Corporation Commission shows several contaminated spots as well as fire hazards at the site. The report says the well site belongs to a Cushing-based energy company.