RACV statistics show north east Victoria one of the worst regions for wildlife-vehicle collisions.LAURA HURLEY July 31, 2014 3:15am
RACV has released its list of roadkill ‘hotspots’ from 2013, and north-eastern Victoria has been described as one of the ‘‘worst areas for collisions with animals’’.
Gathered from insurance claims made last year, RACV received a total of 3641 kangaroo related claims from across the state.
RACV general manager of insurance Paul Northey said collision with animals happened at all hours, but dawn and dusk was when wildlife were particularly active.
‘‘Kangaroo related claims .
In Moira Shire, 68 claims were made to RACV last year for collisions involving animals. Of these, 17 were made in Cobram and 10 were made in Barmah.
Mr Northey urged motorists to slow down when driving around bends or over crests that could obscure animals on the road.
‘‘You should also be cautious if there are warning signs advising of wildlife in the area, or if you see dead animals on the side of the road,’’ he said.
‘‘Colliding with an animal, whether it’s on a country highway or an urban road, not only puts you and your family at risk of serious injury, it can also prove very costly.
‘‘Adequate insurance coverage is important for the repair or replacement of your vehicle.’’
The impact on wildlife can be similarly devastating, with local wildlife shelters concerned that despite people’s best intentions, people who hit an animal can sometimes do more harm than good.
Two weeks ago the Courier met Poppy, an eastern grey joey who had been orphaned when her mother was struck by a car.
Kylee Donkers has been looking after the joey at Koonoomoo since she was rescued.
Ms Donkers said the joey was doing well, gaining more confidence and getting out and about with her adopted brothers and sisters.
Ms Donkers urged people to remember wildlife were not pets, and if they do hit an animal, to call the appropriate authorities.
‘‘People forget that they are not pets, and they are wild animals.
‘‘And no matter how domesticated they become, they still have that wild instinct.’’
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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