Cassowaries killed by vehicles could be saved using device
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