Wingecarribee Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (WIRES) members face a frantic few weeks as humans and animals cross paths during the busiest time of the year.
Bowral WIRES volunteer Tim Luckhurst says animals don’t know that Christmas/New Year is a high activity period for humans.
“Consequently, many of them are killed or injured on the roads, especially country roads where motorists tend to speed,” Mr Luckhurst said.
“More people are driving at night at this busy time of the year.
“And it is at night time that a lot of our local native animals feed and socialise.
“These include the night birds such as owls and tawny frogmouths and mammals such as wombats and possums.”
This is the time of year when WIRES members are called out to rescue orphaned baby animals when their mothers are hit by motor vehicles.
Mr Luckhurst asks that local residents pay particular attention on the roads by driving with care and to always be on the lookout for animals on the road.
“It is a good idea to stop and check a pouch in a marsupial such as the kangaroo, wombat and possum, to see if there might be a joey.
“If so, the best solution is to transport mother and joey (even if the mother is dead) to a WIRES carer.
“Of course, this may not be possible with a large animal, so it is best to call a WIRES rescuer who has been trained in the procedure of removing a joey from a pouch.”
Mr Luckhurst said daytime too is fraught with danger for native animals and birds.
“With the warmer weather, we are receiving many reptile calls. Some of these are simple relocations of snakes and lizards from an unsuitable environment such as in the house, or under the front steps,” he said.
“We ask the public to call us if they see an injured animal on 4862 1788.”
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