Monday, October 23, 2017

Rise in local animal collisions

David Lee September 21, 2016

NEW RACV insurance data has revealed that there were 313 animal collisions recorded across the Goulburn Valley area in the last financial year, with a 45 percent rise being seen when compared to the previous year.

Kangaroos were involved in 254 animal collisions resulting in RACV claims, followed by dogs with 15, cattle with 14, birds with six, sheep with four, rabbits with three, foxes with two, horses with two and koalas with one and other was recorded at 12.

RACV CEO, Karen Masson said that kangaroos and other animals will often feed beside roads, where the grass tends to be fresher from water run-off.

“These areas are attractive to wildlife but it unfortunately creates a heightened risk for the animals and for road users, so it’s important to always be on the lookout for them.”

RACV general manager motor insurance, Mark Geraghty said most animal collisions happened near dawn and after dusk.

“For kangaroos, the greatest risk periods are around 6am and 6pm. Collisions with wombats peak about 9pm and incidents involving dogs are fairly evenly spread throughout the day from 8am to 10pm.”

Mr Geraghty said that while animal collisions could happen at any time during the year, the number of collisions involving kangaroos spiked in autumn and 30 percent of wombat accidents occurred in winter.