No-one gets hurt. The cropped vegetation on this roadside in North Queensland allows motorists to see the cassowary and the cassowary to see approaching vehicles
Dangers to wildlife: Roads are a major source of fauna injuries and deaths. Roadside plants shelter wildlife but animals can also easily move onto the roadway where traffic is moving too fast to avoid hitting them.
Follow these guidelines to make roadsides safer for animals and birds.
- Increase the visibility along the roadside so that drivers can avoid animals. Keep roadside vegetation down, trim long grass and get rid of structures that can hide animals approaching a road.
- Avoid planting flowering plants right by the roadside. These plants attract possums and birds to the road, which makes them more vulnerable to being knocked by vehicles.
Driver awareness Avoid many wildlife road deaths by driving more slowly when visibility is poor. If you see an animal on the road in front of you, brake safely and sound your horn. This is usually enough to send even the most dazed bandicoot scurrying to safety.