INJURED WILD LIFE HOT-SPOT
WILDLIFE rescue organisations have seen an increase in callouts to attend to possums in the Mooloolaba area during the last few months.
Claire Smith from Wildlife Rescue Sunshine Coast said possums in the Mooloolaba area are surviving on very little native vegetation.
“They are having to resort to eating human food and because of this they are spending more time down on the ground where they become vulnerable to dogs and cars,” she said.
She said the group had seen a significant spike in callouts to Mooloolaba for possums over the past two month, with five in the last two weeks.
Fellow Coast wildlife rescue group Wilvos has also seen an increase in possum callouts in Mooloolaba.
Wilvos Donna Anthony said while the lack of natural habitat contributes to the rise in injuries, the winter months always see a rise in callouts.
“Possums are nocturnal and they start moving around earlier at this time of year because of the daylight disappearing earlier in the day,” she said.
“At 5.30pm it’s already dark and there are still plenty of cars on the road heading home from work.”
Ms Anthony highlighted the importance of calling a rescue group even if the possum is already dead.
“There can often be joey’s in the pouch and if you don’t call us they will also die,” she said.
If you find any injured wildlife call Wilvos on 5441 6200, or Wildlife Rescue Sunshine Coast on 0458 682 152.
HELPING ANIMALS: Donna has been helping Coast wildlife, including possums, since 1995 with Wilvos.