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Crews working to rescue wildlife injured in oil spill

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials say they expect to find more dead and injured wildlife in the area of the Refugio State Beach oil spill in the coming days.

"Whenever there is an oil spill there is going to be consequences and we got to anticipate that some of this will be sea life that will be oiled," said Steve Gonzalez, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

On day three after the oil spill, crews were beginning to find more wildlife washed ashore, most in untreatable conditions.

"Animals that we have found are local for the area. It's octopus, lobster, some fish have been found dead," Gonzalez said.

Others are barely surviving.

"We do have five oiled pelicans that are being transported to our San Pedro facility for cleaning," he said.

There, they will be washed, treated, and then returned to health, and the wild.

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