Watch out, wild things are on the move

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Wildlife Care Bunbury owner Doreen Jones is pleading with people to watch out for wildlife.
Camera IconWildlife Care Bunbury owner Doreen Jones is pleading with people to watch out for wildlife. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

A Bunbury wildlife carer has urged South West residents and motorists to keep an eye out when going about their business as more and more native species get on the move.

According to Wildlife Care Bunbury owner Doreen Jones, young birds have been some of the most frequently injured or rescued patients.

“We’ve got baby tawny frogmouths and baby magpies falling out of nests because one minute it’s hot and the next minute it’s cold,” she said.

“Because the ground is dry, the kangaroos are coming out on the road verge because there’s nice fresh grass, and this is where we’re getting the joeys.

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“The kangaroos get hit and night and thank goodness some people stop, we’d rather everybody who hit a kangaroo stop and just check the pouch if it’s a female.”

So far this year Miss Jones has had 23 joeys brought into her, with other casualties at this time of year including bobtail skinks, young possums and the occasional snake.

Leading into the second half of spring and soon to be summer, Miss Jones said more people have to be more aware of the creatures around them.

“Keep your eyes open, be aware there are creatures in the long grass, there are creatures along the side of the road,” she said.

“Be alert and keep your eyes open. If you do hurt them, I’m on Facebook or people can call me.”

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