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Wildlife danger on the roads

Friday, 19th December, 2014

Motorists are warned to drive carefully over the holiday season with increased numbers of animals being reported on roadsides.

Local businessman Peter Nash reported seeing around 300 kangaroos while travelling between Broken Hill and Mildura at night, while another man said he saw about 500 over a 150km stretch on the road to Cobar.

“My concern was the overgrown vegetation - never seen it worse... Roos were literally jumping from the vegetation,” Mr Nash said.

“One went within a coat of paint of sitting in the passenger’s seat.

“Not sure who is responsible but it looks very neglected.

“My concern is that with people travelling for Christmas, they should not travel after dark unless it’s vital.”

The roads are the responsibility of shire and city councils and the NSW Roads and Maritime Services. 

However, local National Parks and Wildlife Service area manager John Holcombe said it was difficult to keep roadsides clear as even the slightest rain resulted in fast plant growth in gutters along highways.

“The water runs into the gutters and promotes a lot of green growth that attracts the animals,” he said.

Mr Holcombe advised drivers to be wary around dawn and dusk, and take note of what animal you were approaching.

“Kangaroos and emus can be pretty unpredictable and change direction at the last minute,” he said.

“Sheep tend to run away, and cattle will generally just stand there and look at you.”

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