Don’t be a speed demon: devils need your help this summer

Tasmanian Devil sign
Tasmanian Devil sign

Don’t be a speed demon, devils need your help this summer.

Road users are being urged to slow down and take extra care in the coming months as juvenile Tasmanian dev­ils begin dispersing away from their dens.

November to March is known as the roadkill sea­son as naïve devils become independent from their mothers. It is also the time of year when many Tas­manians and visitors travel across our Island for the holiday season.

The devil’s black coloura­tion can make them hard to see against dark road surfaces, especially between dusk and dawn.

Slowing down from 100km/h to 80km/h can re­duce the number of animals killed on our roads by 50 per cent.

This is especially important in identified devil roadkill hotspot areas, including:

  • Woolnorth;
  • The Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas;
  • The Channel Highway, especially between Huonville and Cygnet;
  • Nichols Rivulet Road; and
  • The West Tamar Highway between Legana and Exeter.

Woolnorth represents one of the few areas where the devil remains abundant and unaffected by the Devil Facial Tumour Disease.

“Our Government has joined forces with the Circular Head Council and Cradle Coast NRM, along with other key stakeholders and industries, to develop a roadkill awareness cam­paign for the Woolnorth area,” said Roger Jaensch, Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

“The campaign aims to reduce the incidence of Tasmanian devil roadkill through driver awareness and education, including the installation of signage, combined with roadkill removal and speed limit reductions for trucks.”

“I encourage all road users to slow down on our roads to help save our Tasmanian devils and other wildlife. This way we can all play a part in reducing roadkill on our roads.”

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