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With the mating season at its peak and an influx of traffic forecast for Christmas, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is warning residents to watch for wildlife while on the move. Deb Collins, of the animal services organization WIRES, said the Christmas season has generally led to an increase in road deaths. “People often travel more on country roads, roads they don’t know and sometimes they are more likely to encounter wild animals, [especially around] at dusk and dawn, “she said.” Increased traffic and rushing people often lead to higher levels of road incidents with wildlife. you hit an animal, you have to stop to rescue if it can be done safely, ”she said. because kangaroos and wombats can cause significant damage to your vehicle in a collision and can sometimes make your vehicle impossible to drive, ”Ms. Collins said. “Driving with caution, especially at peak times for the movement of wildlife and slowing down in known wildlife hot spots, can not only help prevent wildlife death or injury, but prevent serious accidents and injuries. unwanted damage to your vehicle. Residents who encounter injured wildlife are encouraged to take action, instead of letting them suffer and die. ” If that is the case. safely, please contain the animal. Stay away from snakes, monitor lizards, flying foxes and micro-bats, large macropods (kangaroos and wallabies) or raptors (eagles, hawks, hawks). These animals require specialized handling, ”Ms. Collins said. “If you’re unlucky enough to hit a large macropod or a wombat, if it’s safe to do so, stop to help. Observe from a distance, if the animal is still alive, immediately report it to WIRES. “For a deceased animal, check if it’s a female and if so, check the pouch for a joey. A joey can survive for several days in its deceased mother’s pouch, so it’s important If it is still attached to the pacifier, contact WIRES for advice on how to remove it. If not, carefully remove the joey – do not pull by the legs – and place it in a blanket, sweater , towel or pillowcase. ”Ms Collins said it was essential that residents receive professional treatment for sick and injured wildlife as quickly as possible. “Most vets take wildlife for free. If you can, call the vet to let them know you’re coming,” she said. “If you are unable to transport him to a veterinarian, contact the WIRES 24-hour emergency hotline on 1300 094 737.”


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