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Man pleads with drivers to stop the roadkill carnage

IN THE past year, Tinana's Eric Van Loenen has seen several dead kangaroos and a koala killed due to vehicle strikes in his area - and he is pleading with drivers to stop the carnage.

Mr Van Loenen said some people weren't paying attention to the speed limit near Springvale Rd and Iindah Rd East, which had resulted in a noticeable increase in road kill.

"There are koala signs but people don't seem to have time to slow down," he said.

"It's a 60 zone - some people go at 100 or 80, while others stick to it."

Mr Van Loenen said he had noticed at least seven dead kangaroos and one dead koala in the past year.

"I have come outside after hearing animals being run over," he said.

"It's always been too late.

"I just see too much wildlife getting run over."

Mr Van Loenen said it was his third year living in the area and there had been a distinct increase.

"The first year we never saw anything get run over ... most of it's been the last six months," he said.

Mr Van Loenen said people needed to remember there was a green zone in the area, through which animals travelled.

"The animals are constantly back and forward through there ... between Koala Cres and Springvale Rd," he said.

"Maybe some more obvious signage (would help) ... and for the people who frequent the area to be a bit more careful during peak times."

Grant Belonje, senior vet at the Walker Street Veterinary Surgery, said people should contact the surgery if they found injured wildlife.

Dr Belonje said the clinic had vets trained at Australia Zoo, was experienced in dealing with wild animals and had dedicated wildlife carers.

"Vets do offer free treatment to wildlife," he said.

"Once the animal gets here we can asses it and see what kind of help it needs."

Dr Belonje said people needed to be careful when dealing with wild animals.

"An injured animal will see you more as a threat than a friend," he said.

Dr Belonje said people needed to be especially careful with large animals and consider calling a vet or wildlife carer for advice.

He said it was also important to note the location the animal was found.

A Department of Environment and Heritage Protection representative said the department did not maintain data or statistics on animals killed by vehicle strike.

"If a driver is concerned about an animal they have struck with a vehicle they could call a local wildlife carer or the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL," the representative said.

Maryborough police said they had not been advised of any increase in speeding in the area but need people should contact them on 13HOON (134 666) if it was happening.

Topics:  kangaroo, koala, maryborough, roadkill, tinana



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