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Old 08-14-2012, 09:33 PM   #16
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Just South of Noosa, Qld, is a motorway which cuts through a patch of bushland.

This has tunnels a few feet high under it ever kilometer or so, and there are fences all along the road to funnel the animals to the tunnels.

I never saw roadkill there, but I only drove there a few times at most.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:40 PM   #17
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Those fences will help with critters that seek the warmth of the pavement at night, also.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:56 PM   #18
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We have an issue of kangaroos creeping close to the edge of the road to eat the grass that gets extra water from the run-off from the road. They especially like to come into road cuttings where there is a ditch, which has the lushest grass and may even have water to drink.

Then a car comes and the roo panics. Roo panic behaviour is to bound along at full speed, keeping generally to open spaces, and make sudden swerves. Swerving is especially likely if The Danger is very close.

This works well with things like dingoes, but very badly when the open area is the road and swerving means you jump right in front of the car. In road cuttings this is almost inevitable because there is nowhere else to go.

Now remember that roos are nocturnal and this happens at night, so the driver can't see the roo until it is in the headlights, and then the roo is dazzled and can't see at all.

Driving lights and roo bars are popular car accessories in country Australia.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:01 PM   #19
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We have exactly the same problem with White Tailed deer, they'll leap right in front of you, and even into you.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:05 PM   #20
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I used to work for a company where the reps travelled a lot in rural areas.

One of them decided to get himself a Renault.

On his very first trip in it a roo got him. Wrote the car off.

Even the native animals don't like the French.
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:09 AM   #21
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The main issue with Roos at nite are lights on high beam...they look like something the Roo needs to jump over...Roo jumps the beams and end up landing on the car, or getting cleaned up.

Those stupid Sho-Roos are pointless too....Mr Roo hears a squealing noise...pokes his head up to see what it is and then it's too late to bound away.
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