Journal article

Radio-collared squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) struck by vehicle and transported 500 km along freeway

Kylie Soanes, Melissa Carmody Lobo, Rodney van der Ree



Roadkill (the mortality of animals through wildlife-vehicle collisions) is one of the main impacts of roads on wildlife. Studies quantifying the location and rate of roadkill to identify 'hot spots' are often used to guide the location of mitigation efforts, such as fencing or wildlife crossing structures. However, sometimes quantifying rates of roadkill can be challenging, particularly for species that are small and difficult to detect. In our study, a squirrel glider that was trapped and radio-collared in north-east Victoria was found as roadkill more than 500km away, suggesting that a vehicle struck the animal and carried the carcass away from the site of impact. Our observation is the fi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Thanks to Deryk Engel for going over and above the call of duty by collecting and storing the squirrel glider carcass that was so critical to this observation. Thanks to Amy Evans for posting the radio-collar back to us, and to the New South Wales Animal Ethics Authority for connecting us all together. All animals were trapped and radio-tracked under The University of Melbourne Animal Ethics Committee Permit 0810924 and the DSE Permit 10004763. We thank the Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment, VicRoads and the Road and Maritime Service New South Wales for their support of this project.