26 September 2023

Wildlife food drops

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The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has dropped food supplies for wildlife into fire-ravaged areas of eastern Victoria.

DELWP said carrots, sweet potatoes and specially-designed food pellets were on the menu for wildlife in fire-ravaged eastern Victoria, with special deliveries coming from the air.

“40 kilograms of much-needed supplementary food pellets were dropped for critically endangered Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies via helicopter in the Snowy River National Park,” DELWP said.

“Non-threatened species such as Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Swamp Wallabies have been chomping on carrots and sweet potatoes that were dropped in areas near Buchan, Bruthen, Orbost, Mallacoota, Genoa and Cann River,” it said.

“There were two further drops near Corryong and Mt Mittamatite.”

DELWP said it would be monitoring the success of the feeding regime.

It said a fact sheet was available to assist the public to understand the risks associated with providing supplementary feed for wildlife.

“Before providing food for wildlife in bushfire-affected areas, it is important that you consider the risks,” it said.

“If you do choose to provide food for wildlife, take all necessary steps to minimise those risks.”

DELWP said the feeding of wildlife by the public was generally discouraged.

The 4-page fact sheet can be accessed at this PS News link.

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