Roos on the move to look for food: University the new grazing ground

RESIDENTS are reporting kangaroos are migrating closer to town in search of sustenance made scarce by the big dry.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries recently declared the entire state was now in drought, and large areas of the region now have little or no grass for stock or wild animals.

Charles Sturt University’s campuses in Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo have become a favourite grazing place for kangaroos as the drought has deepened.

“This year, while there have been increased numbers of kangaroos on campus due to drought conditions, there have been no safety incidents with kangaroos on campus reported,” a CSU spokeswoman said.

She said there had been no on-campus vehicle collisions with kangaroos despite the number of marsupials increasing.

“The university advises students and staff regularly on the presence of fauna through our communication channels, including our SMS system, CSU Safe,” she said.

“CSU also provides 24-hour security to ensure the safety of our students, staff and visitors.”

WIRES Central West vice chair Christie Jarrett said volunteers across the region have received many recent call outs to incidents where kangaroos have been hit by vehicles, while others are in malnourished condition due to the lack of feed.

She said Orange, Bathurst, Lithgow and Mudgee were areas of particular concern.

“Don’t swerve, slow down when you’re driving at dusk and around dawn,” she said.

Ms Jarrett said motorists who do collide with a kangaroo should stop if safe to do so and check if the animal is still alive.

If so, do not go near the kangaroo as it as “they can still hop with a broken leg” and contact WIRES to report the injured animal.

Ms Jarrett said joeys often survive a collision but can die in the cold so she encouraged people to check the pouch and report any young to WIRES on 1300 094 737.