As a wildlife rescuer, you often get calls to go and help an animal that has been hit by a car. After a while you start to think ‘not THAT road again! I’ve been there so many times!’ This is because some particular roads are what we like to call a ‘hot spot’ – a place where wildlife frequently get hit.
A recent CSIRO study found that these roads have 3 main characteristics – they are curvy, they have good roadside vegetation and they have high traffic flow. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/WR04066
Here is a picture of a hot spot in Endeavour Hills:
Being able to predict that something is going to happen and where it is going to happen gives us the opportunity to do something about it.
Often a sign is put up to tell drivers to watch out for wildlife. This helps at first, but then people get used to seeing the sign and don’t notice it anymore.
What could you, either as a passenger or a learner driver, do?
What could the authorities do to improve this?
What could drivers do?