If you can’t stop, you can still phone WIRES
NORTHERN Rivers Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) is calling on the community to take an active role in helping to reduce the number of incidents between motor vehicles and native animals over the holidays.
Roads with very little street lighting, and reasonably dense bushland on either side are hot spots for incidents between vehicles and animals.
WIRES is asking drivers to proceed through roads like these with caution. Native animals can dart out quickly from dark, dense bushland and suddenly be in your path.
During 2013, over 800 animals came into WIRES care as a result of motor vehicles incidents in the Northern Rivers. These have included animals which have been orphaned such as brush-tailed possums, ring-tailed possums, wombats, swamp wallaby and Eastern Grey Kangaroo joeys.
It is important for people to report animals that potentially have joeys in their pouches so that we may rescue them as soon as possible.
Wallaby, possum, wallaroo and wombat joeys may remain living for several days in a dead mother's pouch after it has died. When a joey is found uninjured and healthy, WIRES has a high success rate of raising them and releasing them back into the wild.
It is often difficult or unsafe for cars to stop and for drivers to check pouches themselves, but WIRES can check the animals if we are notified.
Our service to the community is here and we encourage people to call the hotline on 6628 1898.
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