Slow Down - Devils on the Move
Motorists are reminded to be aware of dispersing juvenile Tasmanian devils as they roam the landscape, including roads, in search of a home range of their own.
Young devils are on the move between late spring and summer and drivers are asked to slow down, especially between dusk and dawn when devils are most active.
Roadkill is the biggest threat to the survival of Tasmanian devils after Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) and the warning coincides with the lead into Tasmania’s peak holiday season.
To help the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program determine the effect of devil roadkill on populations across the state, monitor the spread of DFTD and develop mitigation strategies, devil road deaths can be reported to the Devil Hotline 0497 DEVILS (0497 338 457).
There are several regions across the state that are of particular interest:
- The far north-west is the last part of Tasmania where devil populations are unaffected by DFTD. In this area, roadkill may be the biggest current threat to devils. By reporting devil roadkill and keeping an eye out for signs of DFTD, drivers in the north-west can help the program to monitor the spread of the disease.
- With its windy roads and good devil populations, the Huon and Channel area is one of the worst areas for devil roadkill, with more than 90 road-killed devils reported to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program since the beginning of 2016. he Channel area also is the only known range of a second type of DFTD which has only recently been detected. Because of this, we are asking people who see dead or injured devils in the Channel area to call the Devil Hotline immediately, so we can collect and check the animal for signs of disease.
- The Forestier Peninsula is a designated Devil Recovery Area, following the release of disease-free devils in 2015. Because of this, the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program is particularly interested in reports of devil roadkill from the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas. We are asking people who see dead or injured devils in this area to call the Devil Hotline immediately, so we can collect and check the animal.
But remember, if reporting devil roadkill please put your own safety first. Stop and observe the animal only if it is safe to do so; and never handle a Tasmanian devil.