Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan has called on VicRoads to investigate the possibility that increased incidences of cars hitting kangaroos is a result of the newly installed wire protective barriers along many of the freeways in Victoria.
Mr O’Sullivan said he noticed 38 dead animals, of which 33 were kangaroos, along a 59km stretch of road between Seymour and Wallan and believed the barriers were the cause.
‘‘Why were there so many kangaroos? Was it because of the wire barriers?’’ he said in parliament last week.
‘‘This large number of kangaroos so close to roads is so dangerous for car drivers, their families or other (vehicle) occupants.
‘‘I am absolutely in favour of a kangaroo cull if it means making Victoria’s roads a safer place for road users.’’
Statistics from the RACV show the stretch between Seymour and Wallan is one of the 10 worst areas in Victoria for collisions between vehicles and animals.