Wildlife road hot spots – do you have the solution?

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?

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9 thoughts on “Wildlife road hot spots – do you have the solution?

  1. I think, that the council or someone, has to put high fences where the ‘hot spots’ are, and they should reduce the speed limit. If possible, to get more people to know about all the animals that get hit and where the hot spots are, so that the drivers could start getting more cautious.

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  2. I would have to partly agree with Devleta about the fences being raised but also they shouldn’t be so high of the ground. The drivers cant do much because they cant swerve out of the way of the animal because it endangering themselves and other drivers. They should also put another sign close to the first one. A learner driver cant do much but slow down but that might put themselves in danger!

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  3. That is a good suggestion Devleta – at least that way, the animals will have to cross at a straight part of the road where they are more visible to drivers.
    Bowden what you have said is very true – you should never swerve or brake too hard to avoid hitting wildlife as you might crash the car. What you can do though is lift your foot from the accelerator to give the animal an extra second to get out of the way and, if you have time, brake gently.

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