Birds discovered by subsistence hunters on St. Lawrence Island
ANCHORAGE – State officials remain baffled by the discovery of two oil-covered gulls found dead on the shore of St. Lawrence Island Wednesday.
The birds were discovered by subsistence hunters on the island about 11 miles east of Gambell, and sent to the National Wildlife Health Center for a necropsy. Thursday, a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 from Kodiak flew over St. Lawrence Island to search for an oil slick or other affected wildlife. It found nothing.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued a report on the findings Friday, and said both the cause of the birds’ death and the source of the oil remain a mystery.