Myall Coast motorists urged to keep an eye out for wildlife on roads

Some of the kangaroos in the care of Wildlife In Need of Care (WINC).

 

IT’S clear that wildlife and cars don’t mix.

One only has to look for the often unrecognisable carcasses of what were once kangaroos and possums by the side of the road to see the impact that traffic can wreak on our local native animals.

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Wildlife In Need of Care (WINC) volunteer Ryan Ashpole was called out to Myall Street, Tea Gardens at 9:30 pm on 19 July to attend to a male kangaroo which appeared to have been hit by a car.

Unfortunately, by the time Mr Ashpole arrived at the scene, the kangaroo had already died from his injuries.

“As I was looking over him I could not see any visible broken bones or blood from him or from a big hit from a car,” he reported.

“That doesn’t mean he was not hit from [sic] a car.”

“If someone was speeding they would have had to slam on the brakes and I could not see any tyre marks on the road.”

“Again this doesn’t mean that he didn’t get hit from [sic] a car.”

Motorists are urged to look out for wildlife and to be aware when driving at dawn and dusk, as these are times when kangaroos and other wildlife are most active.

If a driver hits a kangaroo or other animal, Mr Ashpole advises to call a wildlife rescue organisation such as WINC and they will be on the scene to help the creature.

“Please do not approach the kangaroo [sic] it will stress them out and they can die easily from stress, and they can still attack even with bones sticking out after a break,” advised Mr Ashpole.

“We have the appropriate equipment and training to assess what needs to be done.”

If you find a sick, orphaned or injured native animal, phone Wildlife In Need of Care on 1300 946 295.

 

By Alice HENNEN

 

Some of the kangaroos in the care of Wildlife In Need of Care (WINC).

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