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City of Rockingham ranger Aaron with baby joeys.
Camera IconCity of Rockingham ranger Aaron with baby joeys. Credit: City of Rockingham

City of Rockingham rangers have been busy helping misplaced and injured animals.

While the rangers do their best to help across the community, especially with animals in distress, they are not qualified in the specialised area of wildlife rescue — with residents asked to seek assistance from experts who have the necessary skills and equipment to respond quickly, safely and most effectively.

“Our rangers will do their best to assist with any wildlife issues if animals are causing immediate problems or posing a safety risk,” Mayor Barry Sammels said.

“However, we urge residents to call appropriate agencies who are qualified and able to assist when it comes to wildlife.”

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Agencies and people who can help with distressed and injured animals include Australian Seabird Rescue on 0418 952 683.

Snake removal from a private property can be arranged by contacting an experienced reptile handler, with several listed on the City’s website.

Residents can take injured wildlife to a vet if the animal is safe to handle, with Baldivis Vet well equipped to provide initial treatment to wildlife and open 24 hours a day.

The vet can be reached on 9474 9055.

Dead kangaroos can be removed by the City by phoning 9528 0333 and residents requiring assistance or advice on wildlife are urged to contact Wildcare on 9474 9055

Residents are also urged to look out for roadside signs indicating prolific wildlife, and to drive with caution in those areas, especially at night when many animals are more likely to be out and about.

Nocturnal animals such as kangaroos, wallabies and possums tend to be most active around dusk, throughout the night, at dawn, and after rain.

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