Tasmania launches roadkill campaign to reduce 500,000 native animal deaths

The motorists lobby in Tasmania has launched a joint campaign to reduce roadkill, saying that 500,000 native animals are killed on the state’s roads each year.

That equates to about one dead native animal per head of Tasmania’s population, giving the state one of the highest roadkill rates in the world..

In a joint campaign launch on Thursday with wildlife sanctuaries and the Wilderness Society of Tasmania, the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania chief executive, Harvey Lennon, said changes in driver behaviour, such as not throwing food out the window, which would attract animals to the roadside, could reduce the number of animals lost to roadkill.

 

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