Spike in animal strikes in South West

South West drivers are urged to be vigilant this winter with the chance of animal collisions set to peak. 

Data from insurance company AAMI showed a spike in animal strikes in May, with South West drivers at a higher risk.

Margaret River was listed second for the most animal collisions from the past 12 months, followed by Bunbury in third.

FAWNA wildlife rescue president Suzi Strapp said calls for assistance tended to peak on the weekends when metropolitan drivers left the city for unfamiliar roads. 

“We receive several calls a day for assistance. Only last week an owl smashed a windscreen when it collided and a beautiful Wedge-tailed Eagle was left with two broken legs,” she said.

 AAMI spokesperson Ashleigh Paterson said being aware of your surroundings, driving to the speed limits, and being extra vigilant at dawn and dusk could help keep wildlife safe.

“Wildlife is unpredictable, so we encourage drivers to always expect the unexpected on the road, particularly in signposted wildlife areas,” she said.

This story Warning to watch for wildlife on roads first appeared on Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.