Take care during duckling season

Ducks and ducklings on the side of a road.
Ducks and ducklings on the side of a road. Credit: Rick Dawson.

 

As ducklings continue to emerge from their nests across Perth, the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is asking people to take care on roads and near wetlands.

DPaW has already received several reports of people putting their own health and safety at risk while trying to rescue ducklings from storm water drains.

DPaW wildlife officer Teagan Johnston said clutches of ducklings were on the move after emerging from tree hollows and nests away from the water’s edge.

“Ducks often nest in hollows a considerable distance away from wetlands. Once their young have hatched, mothers need to bring them to the nearest wetland on foot which can involve crossing roads and cycle paths,” she said.

“While we understand people want to help fluffy ducklings in distress, we are asking them not to put themselves in potentially dangerous situations that could lead to serious injuries.

“Ducklings have been known to bring major highways and even the Mitchell Freeway to a halt, so we also ask motorists and cyclists to exercise caution on roads near wetlands and if they see ducklings on the road to take care to avoid them without endangering themselves or other road users.

“It is best that birds and their hatchlings are not disturbed while in such a vulnerable state, so we encourage people not to approach them, feed them or interfere with them in any way.”

Ms Johnston said it was not uncommon to see ducks and their hatchlings in backyard swimming pools.

“If this occurs, we recommend that people leave gates open if possible and encourage them to leave, without chasing them, so they can find suitable nearby wetlands,” she said.

If people see sick or injured wildlife, they can call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.

 

Last modified on Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:56