One of the most upsetting tasks are all the road checks we do every couple of days. Too often animals are hit unnecessarily. Driving at a slower speed, being aware and observant especially at dawn and dusk can avoid many collisions and save lives. Dragging mangled bodies off the roads is not a pleasant job. We are deligthed to have organized and installed NSW’s first trial site of Wildlife Safety Solution, the “Virtual Fencing” along Old Bega Rd near Nimmitabel. Click on link for a video clip of the Virtual fence in operation. "Virtual Fence operation, Old Bega Road".
At the road side, animals are checked and confirmed deceased, turned over and checked for any joeys still alive in the pouch. If a joey is present and the mother is deceased, the animal is dragged off the road on its back to not injure the joey. Joeys are removed and the dead bodies are taken further away from the road where possible, to prevent further collisions and additional victims. The animals are marked as a recognition to others that the animal has been checked. Animals are euthanised where necessary when injuries are too severe. When animals do not die immediately by the impact from the vehicle, they can lay injured for hours up to many days before they die a slow painful death unless found and reported.
Joeys in the pouch that are still alive are taken into care. Joeys still alive and next to the deceased mother can often be grabbed quickly before it’s too late and they decide to leave. The missing joeys can be very difficult to find as they often hide or are injured some distance away from their mother. A joey can be thrown out of the pouch by the impact of the collision and a thorough search is required. A lactating mother is a sure sign that we need to search further along the road and the area nearby. Our “tonka-truck-camera” is a useful tool for missing wombat joeys, see the rescue page.
Drivers who collide with an animal have an obligation to stop and remove the animal off the road or notify the police. Wildlife along the roads is a driving hazard and should therefore be treated as such, the same as a snow-covered road or very heavy fog or rain. The ideal way to reduce the risk is to slow down or avoid driving on country roads from dusk till dawn. Being alert and expect animals to jump out in front of a car is essential, unfortunately it’s not well understood by too many drivers.
We are delighted to have organized and installed NSW’s first trial site of Wildlife Safety Solution, the “Virtual Fencing” along Old Bega Rd near Nimmitabel. Sponsored by the Humane Society International and NSW Transport and installed by the help of Snowy Monaro Shire Council. We collect and provide data to Western Sydney University for a Roadkill research project by a PhD student. The head lights from the vehicle activates the device, which causes it to emit a combination of sound and light stimuli that alert and repel animals from the road side. The devices are placed at 25-metre intervals on alternating sides of the road. They are triggered in sequence by the vehicle headlight as a car approaches along the road, forming a virtual fence. "Virtual Fence operation, Old Bega Road".