Group tries to tame urge to keep wildlife
Animal experts are discouraging people from keeping wildlife, mainly kangaroos, as household pets without a licence or the proper knowledge.
Pilbara Wildlife Carers Association chairwoman Rose Best said kangaroos are not appropriate permanent pets.
“It’s taken thousands of years to domesticate cattle and sheep and dogs and cats. You’re not going to take a kangaroo that’s been born in the wild and think you can domesticate it.
“That’s the hard thing to get across to people. They hit a kangaroo, they pick up the joey and say ‘Oh, it’s cute and cuddly, I want to raise it’ and there’s a just lot of things to consider,” she said.
Veterinarian Tim Montgomery of Karratha Veterinary Hospital said wild fauna had specific needs that differed from domestic animals.
“Even if you’re a good pet owner, it may not necessarily make you a good wildlife rehabilitator … you need specialised knowledge and skills.”
The Department of Parks and Wildlife issued a statement encouraging people to take the appropriate measures.
“The department requests that people report sick, injured or orphaned wildlife to (our) Wildcare Helpline or their nearest Parks and Wildlife office,” the statement said. “The department can then arrange for these animals to be cared for by registered wildlife rehabilitators.”
People are being encouraged to take wildlife to a carer.