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Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Center to be Relocated to More Secure, Fit-For-Purpose Building in Hammond, La.

Houma, La. – The Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Center will be moved to a more fit-for-purpose building located in Hammond, LA north of the three phase hurricane evacuation zones.

The Buras, LA facility has more than met the needs of the Deepwater Horizon Response efforts and the wildlife that has come into its care. The facility is located along the coast in a phase one hurricane evacuation zone and subject to evacuation and damage from tropical storms or hurricanes. To minimize harm and stress on the animals in rehabilitation during the storm season, an alternate facility located north of the hurricane evacuation zone has been selected.

“The wildlife branch is grateful to Plaquemines Parish officials and residents for their assistance and we appreciate their continued support as we move to a long-term facility outside of the hurricane evacuation area,” said Rhonda Murgatroyd, wildlife branch director.

Plaquemines Parish will continue to be an important location for receiving, stabilizing, and transporting animals from impacted areas.

“We thank everyone in Plaquemines Parish and look forward to their continued assistance with the transportation and stabilization efforts,” said Murgatroyd.