MAYFLOWER, Ark. (KTHV) - As of April 16, according to a spokesperson with ExxonMobil, 205 animals have died as the result of the oil spill in Arkansas.
David Eglinton, with ExxonMobil, said 238 animals were captured and 62 were declared dead on arrival, which means they were either found dead or died in transport. Of the 238 captured, 14 died and 64 were released, bringing the death total to 76. One duck, three turtles, and 125 snakes were euthanized, bringing the final total to 205 wildlife deaths.
Exxon said the Unified Command and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission provided for the euthanasia in circumstances where the animals were critically injured or posed a risk to the safety of clean-up personnel.
The company also said the duck and turtles were euthanized based on expert opinion that they would not have survived, and the rate of discovery of venomous snakes discovered in the clean-up areas has declined. They said once the clean-up and restoration work is completed, the snake population will return to normal levels consistent with the habitat.
An additional 22 animals were released on April 17, but no deaths have been reported since April 16.