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Drought increasing road kill

Animal Behavior: Australia

Dec 18, 2006
There has been an upsurge in the number of animals killed wandering central Victoria roads looking for food.
The RSPCA says road kill is spiralling out of control in the drought.
The RSPCA's Greg Boland says some wildlife hit by vehicles stay on the roadside for weeks and other animals are drawn to feed on the carcasses.
He says motorists should slow down at night and use their horn to try to frighten animals off the road.
"There's animals that are wandering further afield than they [normally] would, looking for feed and also water so they're wandering onto the roads," he said.
"They're there more than they normally would be and as a result they're being hit by cars and suffering as a result of that."

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