Wildlife warning on NSW roads this Christmas | Goulburn Post

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People traveling on state roads, including the Southern Tablelands, Southern Highlands and the South Coast during the Christmas holidays, can help save and protect native wildlife with the push of a button. Heavy rains, floods and recent storms caused by current weather conditions in La Nina continue to impact native wildlife. During this period of wet weather, the animals will try to escape the flood waters and will be displaced animals in search of food and shelter. This is why this Christmas it is more important than ever to pay attention to wildlife. READ ALSO: People Can Help Save Wildlife By Downloading The International Fund For Animal Welfare (IFAW) Wildlife Rescue App Before Hitting The Roads. This free app, which was developed in partnership with the NSW Wildlife Council, will put people directly in touch with the nearest wildlife rescue group to report an injured animal. The user will then be guided on the best way to help support the injured animal, saving lives. Seeing an injured animal or hitting an animal on the road can be stressful and many people are unsure of what to do. Well-meaning calls are often made to the police, fire department or the wrong organization, wasting time and putting lives in danger. Nicole Rojas-Marin, IFAW Animal Rescue Officer, explains that the app aims to reduce stress and confusion by giving users the information they need right at their fingertips. “Our wildlife has been through a lot, from severe drought to catastrophic bushfires and recent flooding,” Ms. Rojas-Marin said. “This is why IFAW is working with the community to help save and protect wildlife, providing the resources necessary for their rehabilitation so that they can be released back into the wilderness where they belong. The app empowers everyday people to be part of the solution by helping injured animals get the immediate treatment they need for the best possible chance of survival. “Millions of animals are killed or injured every year on our roads, but after the devastation of bushfires and floods, we simply cannot afford to have our native wildlife further affected.” The app also allows the user to report dead animals, allowing wildlife rehabilitators to accurately monitor the local cause of death and identify danger areas and road hot spots. Did you know that the Goulburn Post now offers last minute alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Stay up to date with all the local news: sign up below.

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