Anne Collier and Elaine Cushway are Yarraman and Blackbutt's local wildlife carers.
Anne Collier and Elaine Cushway are Yarraman and Blackbutt's local wildlife carers. Elaelah Harley

Drive with caution at dawn and dusk to avoid hitting animals

THERE have been fewer animals hit by vehicles in the South Burnett lately according to local wildlife carers.

Blackbutt possum carer Anne Collier and Yarraman wildlife carer Elaine Cushway said December had been relatively quiet.

"We've been pretty lucky this season, with only October and November being our main influx of wildlife that we needed to help treat,” Ms Collier said.

"Usually the holiday seasons are the busiest, but we've been very fortunate this year. We've had months where we've been flat out with possums, but the past month has been relatively easy,” Ms Cushway said.

Ms Cushway said it came down to people being more educated.

"It's because people are getting more aware of wildlife and how to take care of animals in emergency situations,” she said.

"They're being more cautious on the roads too. All people need to do is be more cautious between dawn and dusk. If you do that, you're less likely to hit anything. Safe driving is a great New Year's resolution,” Ms Collier said.

If you do hit wildlife on the road, Ms Collier said to stay calm and investigate.

"For wallabies and kangaroos, if you do hit one on the road, we want you to check that it's not a female, and that it doesn't have a baby. If they do, it's really easy to ask around to find the nearest wildlife carer who can help,” she said.

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