THERE has been a significant increase in animal fatalities on local roads in the last two months.
South Coast Wildlife Rescue macropod and wombat co-ordinator Belinda Gales said the number of kangaroos, wombats and possums killed or injured had quadrupled in recent months.
“We think this recent increase has to do with the Shoalhaven community calling us with more cases and their increased concern for the welfare of these animals,” Ms Gales said.
“The community is obviously aware of Wildlife Rescue South Coast services and people are stopping to check animals for young and calling to relieve animals of distress through euthanasia.
“I’d like to thank the Shoalhaven community for the increase in concern and reporting of animals to our service and ask them to continue doing so. Without their help wombats like Tango and Frodo wouldn’t survive.
“The increase in orphaned wildlife we have saved has led us to ask the community for donations,” she said.
With cold nights lingering, heating for the orphaned animals, such as incubators, has increased electricity bills. Formula needed to nourish the young has meant volunteers are digging into their own pockets to care for them.
Seventy-five macropods, 30 wombats and 45 possum fatalities were reported in August alone with numbers from the same time last year less than a quarter of that.
“A great deal of the animals that have been hit have had pouch young … a lot more people are stopping to check the animals now, even the local police have called with orphans,” said Ms Gales.
“Caring for the animals is a labour of love.
“Money and donations of goods are greatly needed including blankets and washing powder, but our biggest costs are food, electricity and medicines.
“All donations will assist carers who cover a lot of costs,” she said.
It takes up to two years to release a rescued wombat back into the wild and approximately 18 months for kangaroos and possums.
Ms Gales said time and resources such as supplement milk are needed for long periods of time.
“It can become quite costly and therefore we are asking the community to donate,” she said.
Wildlife Rescue South Coast is a 24-hour service. If you would like to make a donation or you find any injured or orphaned wildlife please call the Wildlife Rescue South Coast (WRSC) hotline on 0418 427 214.