IN­JURED WILD LIFE HOT-SPOT

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Ford Danielle.Ford@sc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: KARI BOURNE

HELP­ING AN­I­MALS: Donna has been help­ing Coast wildlife, in­clud­ing pos­sums, since 1995 with Wil­vos.

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