Drivers urged to watch out for roos

WHEN my family first moved to Australia it was pretty rare to see kangaroos in urban areas, yet over the years this has changed significantly.

Living in Burnett Heads, kangaroo sightings were a regular occurrence including one memorable occasion when three hopped along the esplanade in an orderly fashion, one after another.

There was also another popular hang-out spot where we often saw groups of three or four kangaroos, sometimes with joeys.

Of course the reason why they're coming into built-up areas is because they're looking for food - especially with the dry conditions at the moment.

And with urban expansion, we are building into their territory meaning they have to go further to find food.

An unfortunate side effect of this is that more of them are getting hit by cars.

But there is a relatively simple solution.

Motorists need to take a bit more care on the roads, especially if there are signs alerting you to wildlife in the area.

I know I'd rather see them bouncing around than dead on the roadside.



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