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                     USAP-GWRU Proposal

                Wildlife Rescue



                 Dawn Taylor Bechtold


                                                                                                                                  Allen E. Walker    






                      Proposal to O’BriensRM,  BP – Coast Guard

     The proposal of USAP-GWRU is to assist in the Gulf wildlife rescue as well as assist BP with public relations. We believe at USAP-GWRU that the local captains are capable of enhancing wildlife rescue through BP’s “Vessels of Opportunity” By BP assisting the captains in nursing the own waters back to health and helping them provide for their families during these trying times would be pinnacle to the future relations of both parties.

USAP-GWRU have assembled a team of animal rescuers and rehabilitators that are ready to deploy now. We at USAP-GWRU would like to lead the efforts of animal rescue by stationing our groups and triage at all marinas USAP-GWRU also has the backing of public, science and industry to put our plan into motion.

USAP-GWRU also has the backing of all United States Coast Guard qualified captains in the immediate area that include captains that have environmental degrees to help oversee and advise their fellow captains in each marina across the state of Louisiana.

 It is widely known that BP’s VOO can use some assistance in bettering their program to the benefit of BP, the captains and wildlife. USAP and GWRU have drawn up a provisional temporary emergency order to allow captains to by-pass regulations that have kept them from saving wildlife. The local captains are by far the most capable in assisting BP in this venture. Charter captains have always picked up injured wildlife, until the oil spill disaster.  Oiled animals are being seen in large numbers and in many cases there is no time to call the 800 lines set up to capture wildlife.

We are recommending that BP add GWRU to their vessels of opportunity program. We are also recommending that BP add USAP to the program for rehabilitation and rescue of the wildlife. This will enhance the VOO dramatically.


1) Assist with public relations

2) Assist with future relations of captains and their families.

3) Assist in putting more people to work through the VOO.

4) Assist in the wildlife rescue


 The captains will work under VOO through BP’s established rules and regulations. For example their will be no video, no photos and no interviews with the media without the consent of BP.  The captains have already built bonding relations with the coast guard and BP both parties agree this is important.


USAP in the gulf documenting oil and oiled wildlife by longitude/latitude. Team members are all qualified to rescue and include sea turtle doctors, marine biologist, environmental scientist and boat captains.

 Rescuers frustration grows as many qualified individuals are not being cleared to rescue. Similar to Katrina one entity controls most of the rescue. If you are caught rescuing you will be arrested. No trawling is going on in the gulf or triage we have seen in the marshlands.  USAP will address this in an NBC interview over the weekend.

We have been all over the gulf by land and by sea and not once have we seen any rescue of animals and only one triage unit at around 4:30 but no one at the unit. Rescue is nothing short of minimal. We were told by Fish and Wildlife if temps hit 94 degrees they pull out.

We have been in the gulf for 12 weeks. Expenditures are at around 40,000. Lodging is at around 3000.00 per month. Lodging for other rescuers was provided as well as truck rental, boats and fuel. We have accessed the gulf from Venice to Grand Isle by boat and by plane. We have been told we are cleared but have nothing in writing and are still waiting. We have viewed oiled birds on Queen Bess Island, and Dolphins swimming in oil. Our team has a method of rescuing that can rescue as many turtles in a day as are being rescue in one month.

This week we hope to begin rescue but at this time the hurricane is due to hit on Sunday morning and many are evacuating the area.

Frustration growing in the gulf with other rescuers not being allowed to rescue.

United States Animal Protection and Gulf Wildlife Rescue Unit work together to find solutions and have formed an alliance of people that can cover every need in the Gulf Coast from animal rescue to environmental remediation.

This team saw a need to cover all areas of protection of animals that included not only rescue of animals but protecting the gulf and wetlands which are the migratory pass and nesting grounds for all species of wildlife.

 Al Walker and Dawn Taylor Bechtold have worked tirelessly to form the team of people that can make this happen.  The have traveled the Louisiana coast line to find the brilliant people behind solutions to helping wildlife in peril as well as remedies for our waters and precious wetlands.

We are proud to announce the union of U.S. Animal Protection and Gulf Wildlife Rescue Unit.

Our expert panel includes; Dawn Taylor Bechtold Director of Gulf Wildlife Rescue and President of U.S. Animal Protection, Captain, Al Walker, scuba diver and underwater photographer, Christopher Pincetich, Ph.D and marine biologist, Steven Kolian environmental scientist,Scott Porter marine biologist, of Eco Rigs, Sharon Shmalz oiled wildlife rescue and trainer with 60 oil spill rescuers under her belt, as well as aqua cultural/ recirc system specialist Michael Boatwright and,Gary Reynolds who hold a proprietary non toxic formula to remove oil covered animals and directors Anna Grace Keller and Joy Tessman National Geographic,  this team will make lasting positive change in the Gulf Coast Region.

    This team will fight to save our wildlife and wetlands.

 God bless America and help us through this terrible tragedy.


ODA visit to the Gulf Oil Disaster (~10mins) by Kurt Lieber on Vimeo. USAP helped fund this project by providing lodging, food and transportation to and from several airports.

  references; Ms. Lauren Stover who worked with USAP during Katrina and Rita, under the Admiral Allen administration  as well as Mr. Kim Estes BP and Mr. Darryl Willis BP


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