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Kanga collisions on the hop

By johnboy - 18 July 2013 23

The ABC reports that it’s not just anecdotal; car-skippy interfacing has risen dramatically:

Claims data from NRMA Insurance shows a 30 per cent increase in the number of kangaroo vehicle collisions in the ACT in the past year.

There were 509 in 2012 compared to 386 in 2011.

Mariana Cidade from NRMA Insurance says the rise in crashes is due to an increase in the ACT’s kangaroo population.

Much more humane to smash them with a car than shoot them?

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Zan 4:27 pm 22 Jul 13

I am in northern Sweden at the moment. They have tall fences along the roads to keep out the elk (moose) and reindeers. If they can do that here surely they can do it for the roos in Canberra.

squatter 3:01 pm 22 Jul 13

Just my 5 cents : was cycling home after dark on the bike path behind Black Mountain (Bindubi St – William Hovell Drive). It is not a usual route for me so I didnt know I ought to be on the lookout. I am sailing downhill when I suddenly see a mob of roos in the distance. They bound away at speed. Not 3 seconds later, a large piece of grey fur appears from my right in my bikelights and BANG !

I hit and go sailing over the handlebars. I hit the deck on the grass next to the bike path (boy, was I lucky) and I land on my shoulder. Head & legs completely unscathed as is bike apart from handlebars skewed around. I end up in hospital. No breaks but torn shoulder ligaments.

I am still in a fair deal of discomfort 10 days later. I dont expect to be able to cycle for a few weeks. Suddenly, I am roo-aware. Now I see roopoo everywhere. Ironic that it happened 1 week after a trip to the coast when I commented that I had never seen as much wombat roadkill before.

Funny how everyone laughs when I tell them this. I laugh too but have to hold my shoulder while doing so as it still hurts.

tuco 8:53 am 20 Jul 13

IrishPete said :

tuco said :

For goodness sake, won’t someone count the poo and solve this once and for all?

I think they only count the roopoo in the targeted reserves. There’s a whole lot more to the ACT than that. (Including Yamba Drive median strips, apparently.)


And not just from the roos!

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