No prescription yet to counter the roadkill of our native fauna: a study of roadkill in the Narrabeen Catchment of Sydney
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Conny Harris, Jacqueline Marlow, Anthony Harris, 2008. "No prescription yet to counter the roadkill of our native fauna: a study of roadkill in the Narrabeen Catchment of Sydney", Too close for comfort: Contentious issues in human-wildlife encounters, Daniel Lunney, Adam Munn, Will Meikle
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This study describes a survey of roadkill in a suburban area of Sydney, Australia. The study was conducted by a community activist motivated by the rejection of a roadkill mitigation proposal by state Roads and Traffic Authority on the basis of insufficient evidence of need. Roadkills were recorded in suburban bushland on two roads in the north-east of Sydney. The study was conducted over a 36-week period. Eighty four native animals were observed dead on or adjacent to the roads. The predominant species killed were swamp wallabies Wallabia bicolor, brushtail possums Trichosurus vulpecula and long nosed bandicoots Perameles nasuta. The great majority of killed swamp wallabies were male. There was a noticeable absence of small fauna.
The dissemination of this study and others led to a public forum on road kill being held. From this public forum, a “RoadKill Committee” was formed comprising local stakeholders. Strategies for mitigating roadkill were implemented and a public awareness campaign was also developed. These activities are presently being evaluated.
Roadkill surveys such as this helps provide information about the nature and extent of roadkill. They can also galvanise local community opinion and help develop and monitor local roadkill mitigation strategies.