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Canberra heading for record year for kangaroo crashes with hotspots identified

By Glynis Quinlan 23 July 2018 93

Canberra is heading for a record year for kangaroo-related road crashes as food supplies are depleted and more kangaroos are attracted to the ‘green pick’ by our roadsides. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra is heading for a record year for kangaroo-related road crashes, with Long Gully Road and Sulwood Drive in the city’s south identified as the worst hotspots for collisions.

ACT Parks and Conservation director Daniel Iglesias said that there is likely to be close to 4,000 eastern grey kangaroos killed on ACT roads in 2018 – an increase of around 1,300 on previous years and something “never seen here before.”

Mr Iglesias said that it is little more than halfway through the year but already ACT rangers have been called out to 2,291 road incidents involving kangaroos to date. This compares to 2,634 incidents for the whole of last year and 2,889 the year before.

He said the on-call ranger would normally only be called out to three or four incidents an evening but in recent times it is not unusual for them to have to deal with 20 incidents an evening.

Long Gully Road and Sulwood Drive are currently seeing the highest number of kangaroo-related collisions but the Monaro Highway and Caswell Drive are also problem areas.

Other kangaroo-collision hotspots identified by ACT rangers include William Hovell Drive, Limestone Avenue, Hindmarsh Drive, Cotter Road, Tharwa Drive, Mugga Way and roads around Red Hill Nature Reserve.

Mr Iglesias said that the increase in kangaroo collisions is being caused by Canberra’s extremely cold and dry weather depleting grass supplies for the kangaroos and attracting them to the “green pick” at roadsides.

The extremely cold and dry weather is forcing kangaroos to leave local reserves to find food. Photo supplied.

He said the cold weather and frosts dry out the grass and take away its nutritional value, while the lack of rain adds to the impact, with the dry spell forecast to continue.

“It’s almost like a perfect storm in terms of animals doing it hard,” Mr Iglesias said.

Kangaroos also tend to be looking for food at the same time that most drivers are on the road.

“We’re all driving at the times when dawn and dusk is happening, which is when they move around the most,” Mr Iglesias said.

He urged people driving in suburbs that front parks or reserves to be very vigilant.

“When a kangaroo comes to you at an angle last minute there’s nothing you can do.”

Mr Iglesias advised motorists to get to know the times and places kangaroos are most likely to be on the road and to be particularly careful. Slowing down helps because it improves reaction times and can reduce the impact of a crash.

Earlier this year, Canberra was named the animal collision capital of Australia for the second year running – recording more collisions between motorists and animals than any other Australian capital city.

The main animals that drivers collide with on ACT roads. Image supplied by AAMI.

According to data from car insurer AAMI, almost one in 10 motor accidents in Canberra are caused by collisions with animals. The data showed that kangaroos were involved in 92 per cent of collisions, with wombats coming next in line but only being involved in two per cent of collisions.

Have you collided with a kangaroo recently or had a close call? Can anything be done to reduce the number of kangaroo-related crashes? Let us know in the comments below.

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Loviatar 7:11 pm 02 Aug 18

Tend to see a lot of dead ones along Kuringa and Clarrie-hermes. Never actually seen one alive, but there tends to be a fresh one every 2nd day…

ricketyclik 10:08 pm 31 Jul 18

I’ve been driving for 35 years and have never hit a roo until this year, in which I’ve hit 4.

Postalgeek 11:46 am 30 Jul 18

Numbers are half the problem.

Government can’t make it rain, and the region is experiencing dire conditions. Talk to any stockfeeder and they’ll tell you they are struggling to keep up with demand, and roos, as well as stock, are starting to venture more onto the road verges and into the outer suburbs looking for feed. People either need to take into account the changing conditions, which are going to get worse if we have a dry spring, and anticipate more animals close to the roads, get a bullbar, or make friends with a panel beater.

Isabella Goyne 11:49 pm 28 Jul 18

I think I’ve narrowly missed roos at every one of those locations this year. The whole of Ainslie is Roo-ville and I’ve even seen them in Braddon...

Ralph Meyen 3:29 pm 27 Jul 18

Join the ACT class action against animal libs & ACT GOVT the damage and trauma claim will exceed $100 million!

Jo Wagner 10:08 pm 26 Jul 18

Drew Wagner your meeces are causing problems

Zontanos Steven Maria 7:27 am 26 Jul 18

30 of them on the training fields last night at bonython. We were talking about this very thing.

Ann Hunt 8:48 pm 25 Jul 18

I just missed two on Yamba Drive just after 6 tonight.

Peter Gersbach 4:34 pm 25 Jul 18

Hopping from Campbell High sports oval to Corranderrk Street. Big one too.

Christine Worth 8:17 am 25 Jul 18

Oh yes...... big damage too😔 Geoff White

Damien Kelly 9:23 pm 24 Jul 18

Josh, I think we drove past a very hot spot

Fiona Jane 8:45 pm 24 Jul 18

Deborah Jane Moore Darren hit one on thawa drive last week when he was picking up Nic from the movies. 9pm at night just 200 m from home. $1000 excess to fix it. Expensive movie ticket

Paul Mcintosh 7:45 pm 24 Jul 18

The most Kangaroo crashes for a few years, Panel beater in Canberra cannot keep up repairing these vehicles. Where is the ACT Government standing on these pests being culled. And i mean in the ACT not NSW

John Thistleton 7:34 pm 24 Jul 18

Cruel way to manage roo numbers in Canberra. More humane to cull in bigger numbers.

Pam Clarke 6:31 pm 24 Jul 18

Last cull! Where was it exactly? So many roo's along Majura Road, dead and alive everyday. Another cull is needed!

Christopher Stuart Veilands 5:24 pm 24 Jul 18

More culls

Alexandra Martyniak 1:21 pm 24 Jul 18

I don't think I have ever seen it this bad- so much roadkill

Marge Anderson Bell 11:13 am 24 Jul 18

Roo what Roo.

Jay Leopold 10:41 am 24 Jul 18

Barry Paul Buki had a collision with a roo on Parkes Way and it wrote off his car!

Dot Willcoxson 10:23 am 24 Jul 18

Contraception darts or major cull. Paddocks are over-run with them.

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