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More education needed about injured wildlife

More than half of all Tasmanians wouldn’t know what to do if they hit an animal on the road, RACT Insurance market research has shown.

​​More than half of all Tasmanians wouldn't know what to do if they hit an animal on the road, RACT Insurance market research has shown - and that number is even higher in younger age groups.

The research showed that while 63 per cent of Tasmanians believed the amount of road kill on Tasmania's roads was concerning, just 49 per cent knew the correct steps to follow should they hit an animal with their car.

So what do you do if you hit an animal on the road?

  • Stop if it is safe to do so, as injuries may be treatable and many females may be carrying young in their pouch.
  • Call your local wildlife rescue for advice (Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary takes calls 24/7: 0447 264 625).
  • Remove deceased animals off to the side of the road, if safe to do so.

If you think you are about to collide with an animal:

  • Stay in your lane and gradually slow down.
  • Do not swerve or slam on the brakes.​