WILDLIFE activity hotspots are being targeted in response to a number of kangaroo deaths involving vehicle collisions in the first half of the year.
Last week, the City reported it had picked up 165 dead kangaroos between January and June.
Further investigation by Echo News revealed the dead kangaroos were located in Aveley, Ballajura, Baskerville, Belhus, Bennett Springs, Brigadoon, Brabham, Bullsbrook, Cullacabardee, Dayton, Ellenbrook, Gidgegannup, Hazelmere (including Bushmead), Henley Brook, Herne Hill, Jane Brook, Lexia, Stratton, The Vines, Upper Swan, West Swan and Whiteman.
City chief executive Mike Foley said Lord Street was the current focus of discussions between the City of Swan and Main Roads WA for increased warning signage.
“The City often receives requests from residents for the installation of wildlife crossing signs, and discusses these matters with the Department of Biodiversity and Conversation and Main Roads WA as these requests arise,” he said.
“At present the City’s focus is to install additional warning signs along Lord Street in order to advise drivers of increased kangaroo activity in the area adjacent to road works.
“The City has also recently worked with Main Roads to improve existing wildlife crossing signs along Midland Road in Hazelmere which is a reported hotspot for kangaroo activity.”
Perth Wildlife Rescue Network founder and registered wildlife rehabilitator Racheal Kimber said the 165-figure was no surprise given how many local carers were attending dead kangaroos daily.
“Lord Street and the road works around NorthLink WA have a direct link,” she said.
“I know, because we network, that some carers are going out there three times a day.”
She said although signs went some of the way to educate the public, the damage had already been done.
“What we need is relocation of fauna before the developers come in, that’s what it comes down to,” she said.
Ms Kimber applauded a recent decision by the City of Wanneroo to approve a draft fauna management policy outlining the responsibility of developers to effectively manage fauna and implored the City of Swan to consider a similar policy.
Mr Foley said developers had to comply with conditions enforced by the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation.
“To date, there has been no suggestion that the City requires such a policy for the management of kangaroos and other fauna,” he said.
“In the structure planning process, developers are required to prepare management plans, in consultation with the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation, for fauna.”
Inundated with the amount of injured kangaroos and other wildlife, Ms Kimber recently had to take on more carers.
“It’s nuts, what’s going on, absolutely nuts,” she said.
“They (City of Swan) need better policies to deal with this issue.
“Sadly for that area, the damage has already been done and we can only hope for better outcomes in the future.”
The Wildcare Helpline provides a service for the public who find sick or injured native wildlife and are seeking advice on where to find care for animals on 9474 9055.
By Claire Ottaviano