Caution urged to reduce roadkill: 121 animals hit in Orange last year

ORANGE drivers are more likely than their Bathurst counterparts to hit an animal, according to new data released by NRMA Insurance.

While kangaroos account for more than 80 per cent of animal-related collisions on NSW roads, dogs, wombats, cattle and cats are the other animals most likely to be involved in a collision.

The figures show 121 animals were killed in the vicinity of Orange last year, 206 in Dubbo and 90 in Bathurst.

NRMA Insurance head of research Robert McDonald said kangaroo collisions peaked in the winter months.

“We encourage drivers to slow down when driving, particularly at sunrise and sunset as this is when kangaroos are often most active and looking for food, and an increased number of collisions occur,” he said.

Mr McDonald said while most animal collisions occurred on country roads, city drivers should also be mindful when dogs and cats were near cars. 

“We want to urge all drivers to be aware when at the wheel,” he said.

“How you react when you see a kangaroo on the road can potentially save lives.

“If you hit a kangaroo and it is critically injured, you can call your local wildlife group, Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) or the police.”

NRMA Insurance offers some advice for NSW drivers: 

* If you see an animal on or near the road, you should try and brake, but not swerve to avoid a collision.

* Reduce your speed inside signposted wildlife areas.

* If you hit the animal and safety permits, you should try to help by moving it to the side of the road to prevent further crashes.

* Don’t force the animal to eat or drink.

* Contact a local veterinarian or a wildlife rescue centre such as WIRES on 1300 094 737. 

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