The City of Casey is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including Southern Brown Bandicoot, Swamp Wallaby, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, numerous reptiles and more than 150 birds, including migratory species from across the globe.
Attract wildlife to your garden by planting indigenous plants; installing native bird or possum nesting boxes; providing a water source, frog bog or bird bath; and restricting dogs and cats to enclosures.
Artificial feeding of wildlife is not recommended because it creates an imbalance in their diet, which may have negative health impacts. If animals become reliant on humans for food, they may starve if the feeding stops. Feeding wildlife can also increase the abundance of a species in any one area, which can lead to damage to the environment and public and private property. If there is wildlife on your property, you can be assured there is plenty of food available.
Some wildlife can damage crops or property and cause a risk to public health and safety. If you are having problems with wildlife, contact the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) on 136 186 or view wildlife management information on the department’s website.
Many animals in Casey, such as possums and wallabies, come out at night.
Be careful when driving at night, particularly in rural areas in the north and south of the municipality. Watch out for warning signs and stay alert.
Accidentally hitting an animal or finding one laying on the road can be very distressing; however, there are things you can do and help is only a phone call away.
If you hit an animal or come across an injured animal:
- Stop and check to see if the animal is alive. (Make sure you park your vehicle off the road so as not to endanger yourself or other motorists. Turn on your hazard lights so other cars can see you.)
- If possible, take the injured animal to the nearest vet. (Do not give it food or water.)
- If the animal is dead, move it to the side of the road to prevent other vehicles hitting it and reduce the danger to animals attracted to the carcass.
Injured animals can become agitated, defensive or aggressive. Give the animal adequate space for your own safety and so as not to distress it any further.
Always check the pouch of dead marsupials for a joey. If you find a live joey, please call the Wildlife Victoria emergency number 1300 094 535 or a local vet.
For more information about emergency wildlife services, visit the Wildlife Victoria website.