Cas­sowaries killed by ve­hi­cles could be saved us­ing de­vice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - By PAUL CON­LEY

THE cas­sowary - that pre­his­toric bird in­dige­nous to Far North Queens­land and near­ing ex­tinc­tion due to the rav­ages of wild dogs and four-wheeldrives - is a crea­ture of habit.

They fre­quent the same trails in the rain­for­est for gen­er­a­tions, with this “race me­mory” passed on down the ages.

When the pi­o­neers and de­vel­op­ers came in with their roads and in­fra­struc­ture, the me­mory in this mag­nif­i­cent bird per­sisted and that is why they still cross roads in the same place, fall­ing vic­tim to speed­ing ve­hi­cles all too of­ten.

The bul­bar is a bru­tal de­fence against buf­falo and kan­ga­roos in the Out­back, wreak­ing havoc on the un­for­tu­nate beasts.

How­ever, there is a more so­phis­ti­cated sci­en­tific de­ter­rent - tune­able high-fre­quency emis­sion de­vices fit­ted to the front of ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling in ar­eas busy with wildlife.

Dif­fer­ent an­i­mals re­act to dif­fer­ent fre­quen­cies and if the Fed­eral Govern­ment was gen­uine about pro­tect­ing wildlife then it would sub­sidise their in­stal­la­tion on all ve­hi­cles used in ar­eas where cas­sowaries in­habit.

En­dan­gered: the south­ern cas­sowary

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