A WILDLIFE rescue service has asked motorists to be more vigilant as more kangaroos are drawn to the city's roadsides.
The end of daylight savings and ongoing drought conditions has caused a continuous flow of injured wildlife reports for the WIRES Riverina branch.
A spokesman said the dry conditions have pushed kangaroos towards roadways in search of green pick to eat. He said the reports of injured kangaroos are continuous, but the wildlife rescue service believed only a small percentage of accidents have been reported.
While kangaroos are most likely to be involved in wildlife-related crashes, the spokesman said wallabies, wombats, echidnas and birds of prey have also been hit by drivers.
"Motorists should be especially careful when driving at dawn and dusk when these predominately nocturnal animals are on the move in search for food," he said.
The spokesman said motorists should put their safety first, but it was important to report the animal and its location.
"We advise members of the public to not approach injured snakes, monitor lizards, bats, large macropods or raptors, but to call and report the animal and its location on 1300 094 737 or fill in WIRES 'Report a Rescue' form online or via the WIRES rescue app," he said.
"Please do not approach any injured adult macropod. Only rescuers with specialist training can approach injured adults safely. If you find a seriously injured adult after hours such as hit by a car late at night, please contact the local police and they will attend.
"If you find a female macropod that has recently been killed, perhaps hit by a car, please check for joeys."
A Wagga City Council spokesman said motorists are advised to contact the council to report any deceased wildlife on local roads. He said accidents on highways could be reported to the Roads and Maritime Services.
"Deceased wildlife are removed from the roadside by either the council's staff or waste contractor and disposed of at Gregadoo Waste Management Facility," he said.
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