Wildlife on move raises community concern

South Western Times

As the weather warms up, the Department of Environment and Conservation is reminding people in the South West to be aware of native wildlife on the move.

Erin van Noort was driving her children to school on Tuesday when she saw two black swans and three cygnets at the corner of Minninup Road and Mangles Street.

‘‘They were at the peanut-shaped roundabout surrounded by cars early in the morning,’’ Ms van Noort said.

‘‘I dropped the kids off and went back to find and follow them until the department could come and get them.’’

Ms van Noort rang the City of Bunbury which transferred her to the Department of Environment and Conservation.

‘‘I didn’t know to ring the department rather than the city and I think it’s important for people to know who to call,’’ Ms van Noort said.

‘‘The city takes care of domestic animals and the department cares for wildlife.’’

Department wildlife officer Pia Courtis said spring was nesting season for many animals.

‘‘As the weather warms up, territorial magpies and ducklings crossing busy roads are two seasonal wildlife hazards people may encounter,’’ Ms Courtis said.

‘‘We ask people to exercise caution on roads near wetlands and if they see ducklings on the road to take care to avoid them without endangering themselves or other road users.

‘‘It is important that birds and their hatchlings are not disturbed while in such a vulnerable state, so we encourage people not to approach them, feed them or interfere with them in any way.’’

If people see lost, sick or injured wildlife they can call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.

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