Cas­sowary killed in Cape Trib

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

WILDLIFE car­ers are urg­ing mo­torists to slow down and be ex­tra cau­tious when driv­ing through the Dain­tree Rain­for­est.

A fully grown fe­male cas­sowary was struck by a car last week on Cape Tribu­la­tion Rd in Di­wan.

The cas­sowary had ex­ten­sive leg frac­tures and had to be put down.

Dave Pin­son, Dain­tree Life co-founder and wildlife carer, was called to as­sist the en­dan­gered bird.

“I called the DES rangers and Coral Sea Vet Care, and I headed straight there to cor­don off the area,” he said.

“It was very stressed as it was lay­ing on the side of the road.

“It’s very un­for­tu­nate be­cause ev­ery one of these birds count to their pop­u­la­tion.

“Un­for­tu­nately this hap­pens, it’s tragic and I’m, look- ing at how this can be pre­vented in the fu­ture.”

Mr Pin­son said speed and inat­ten­tion are the big­gest con­tribut­ing fac­tors to cas­sowary road deaths.

“I en­cour­age peo­ple to drive to the road con­di­tions and be cau­tious and ob­ser­vant,” he said.

“These re­ally big birds can ap­pear out of no where.

“For such a big bird, it’s amaz­ing how quickly they can ap­pear and van­ish.”

Mr Pin­son wants to see vis­i­tors be bet­ter ed­u­cated on the cas­sowary pop­u­la­tion in the Dain­tree through im­proved sig­nage and in­for­ma­tion pam­phlets.

He said cas­sowaries pa­trol vast hectares of the rain­for­est so it was not un­com­mon for them to have to cross the road at some time.

Mr Pin­son also wants peo­ple to look­out for tree kan­ga­roos, very large snakes and mon­i­tor lizards along the road.

Pic­ture: DAVE PIN­SON

A south­ern cas­sowary was hit by a car in the Dain­tree.

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