Two gulls found dead, covered in oil off northern coast of St. Lawrence Island

bbrasch@adn.comDecember 13, 2013 

Two oil-covered gulls were found dead Tuesday off the northern coast of St. Lawrence Island, according to a situation report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Subsistence hunters found the recently deceased glaucous gulls on an offshore hunt about 12 miles east of the island village of Gambell, according to the report.

Glaucous gulls can be found in open waters and are eaten by island residents.

One of the gulls was sent to the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis., to determine a cause of death, according to the report.

On Thursday, the United States Coast Guard sent a C-130 out of Kodiak to look for an oil slick or more oil-covered wildlife in the area, but none was found.

Reach Benjamin Brasch at bbrasch@adn.com or 257-4349. Twitter: twitter.com/ben_brasch

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