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Owls found dead, coated in liquid in Oklahoma oil field

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: July 28, 2014
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FAIRVIEW — Oklahoma Wildlife and Corporation Commission officials are investigating a neglected oil field where two owls were found coated in the liquid and others were found dead in an uncovered tank.

A local newspaper reports that one of the two rescue owls has died. A couple in Fairview had been rehabilitating the owls since they were discovered Tuesday.

A caregiver says the surviving owl is eating and they're watching it for signs of decline.

A commission game warden says the birds were found in a field located on the Major and Garfield County line. He says the birds got into an uncovered saltwater tank topped with oil scum.

He says it's unclear who is responsible for the tank. State and federal rules require such tanks to be covered.