Animals hit by cars: what areas and animals you need to look out for in Victoria
Wildlife Victoria data shows that the number of animals killed or injured by a vehicle has almost doubled over the past three years, but the true number is likely to be much higher.
During the 2021-2022 financial year, 9,225 native animals were hit by a vehicle (HBV) on Victorian roads according to data from Wildlife Victoria.
That number represents a steady increase in animals killed or injured by drivers across the state since the 2017-2018 financial year, with a total of 35,378 cases reported to the emergency wildlife response service over that five-year period.
The true scale of wildlife hit by vehicles is potentially higher still, as the figures do not account for animals reported to other authorities, or not reported at all.
Lydia Kendray, Manager for Driver Training Operations at RACV, says the data demonstrates how important it is to know what to do should you come across wildlife while driving.
“Educated drivers are more likely to adapt their driving to suit the conditions and be prepared to make safer decisions in the unfortunate event where they encounter a wildlife situation,” Kendray says.
“This knowledge can help minimise serious injuries or death to road users, as well as reduce the vast number of wildlife injured on our roads every year.”