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Mindful driving will ensure wildlife sustainability

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The severity of the drought in the Scenic Rim is on the rise, but the extent of the implications bought upon by these dry conditions is not only limited to farmers and the wider community. Our native wildlife is also suffering in more ways than one.

The dry conditions have forced wildlife, such as kangaroos and wallabies, to source food from riskier locations. Many have resorted to eating the short grass pick alongside the road, bringing them into dangerously close contact to vehicles. 

As Mt Barney Lodge is in a rural area, the roads to access the property are a combination of single lane gravel, single lane bitumen and double lane bitumen. We ask that visitors take extra care when driving along the single lane roads, as wildlife are often grazing nearby and caution needs to be taken to ensure both the safety of the driver and the wildlife.

In the unfortunate, but sometimes unavoidable, circumstance of hitting a native animal, drivers need to ensure they don’t simply just keep on driving. Several steps need to be followed before continuing.

  • 1.Pull off the road and park the car in a safe spot and turn on your hazard lights if at dawn, dusk or night.
  • 2.Carefully approach the animal and assess its condition.
  • 3.If the animal is dead, make sure to check its pouch. Kangaroos, wallabies, possums and wombats carry their young in a pouch. Gently remove the joey and use a towel or piece of clothing to keep it warm.
  • 4.The joey will need to be held close to the body to keep it alive. It is safe to hold small animals under the front of a person’s jumper.
  • 5.Keep calm and quiet as native animals can easily be stressed out by loud noises. Do not let children play with the joey.
  • 6.Seek immediate veterinary assistance. Phone Boonah Veterinary Hospital on 54631339 or Scenic Rim Veterinary Service 55410219.
  • 7.Call wildlife carers such as Scenic Rim Wildlife Rescue on 0458556624 and Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation – Kooralbyn (ARRK) on 55446789, who are trained to look after injured wildlife and release them back into the wild once healed.

Many species are already under threat from expanding development, which results in habitat destruction and loss. Neighbouring koala populations on the Gold Coast are suffering severely from the development of roads and infrastructure in the region.

Now more than ever, our native wildlife needs protecting. If you see an injured animal please contact one of the following conservation groups:

 

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