*Pic: Ann Jones
*Pic: of Don Knowler by Ann Jones
There is no guidebook for this.
The dark stain on the road. The crushed bones. The remnants of fur and feather.
This is, or was once, a live animal, but now it’s impossible to tell what species it is.
Especially at speed as you fly past on the midland highway in Tasmania.
Perhaps this animal was one of the ‘lucky’ that died on impact instead of dragging itself to the verge, to the long grass or into the bush, becoming a glimpse of fur to a vehicle bound human and a source of food for a scavenging Tasmanian devil.
More animals are killed per kilometre of road in Tasmania, than anywhere else in the world.
EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...
• ABC: Captive-bred Tasmanian devil program loses quarter of released animals as roadkill About a quarter of the Tasmanian devils released last month on the Forestier Peninsula, in Tasmania’s south-east, have been lost as roadkill. A captive breeding program and a vaccine are being trialled to try to save the endangered species, which has lost more than 90 per cent of its population in some parts of the state to a facial tumour disease. The Save the Tasmanian Devil program released 39 devils in the Forestier Peninsula. Nine have died on the roads. In the north, four devils bred in captivity have been killed by vehicles so far …
• Ian Rist in Comments: Tasmania is a weird place, it has some strange standards. It is the only place on Earth where the protect ‘em in one paddock and poison ‘em in the next applies. The authorities have heavily fined a poor old Shepherd up in the highlands for shooting a wallaby to feed his family, confiscated his firearm and seized other personal property whilst not far away thousands of the same species fall to the 1080 blue carrot…a double standard State if ever there was one! Whilst roadkill is regretable what about the hundreds of thousands of native wildlife that are 1080 poisoned each year in Tasmania ? ...yes that is correct hundreds of thousands. Two hundred thousand Bennett’s wallabies in one operation on King Island.