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Top 5 South Australia wildlife collision hotspots revealed: study

Port Augusta is South Australia’s top wildlife collision hotspot.

South Australia’s top-five wildlife collision hotspots have been confirmed, with Port Augusta, in the state’s south-eastern district, leading the charge (see full table below).

Crucially, wildlife collisions are once again likely to spike as Australia settles into winter, with a 15 per cent jump expected between May and August, according to fresh data from AAMI.

“As we head into winter, we may see increased activity, particularly from nocturnal wildlife as they cross roads in search of food and water – which we saw after the drought – increasing the likelihood of them being hit,” said NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service spokesperson Kristie Newton.

AAMI head of motor claims Anna Cartwright added: “Now is the time for drivers to keep their eyes peeled for wildlife crossing roads and be extra vigilant, especially at dawn and dusk when visibility can be difficult and nocturnal animals are more active.”

Between February 1, 2019, and January 31, 2020, NSW was the worst state for wildlife collisions, with Victoria taking second. That said, it was Canberra that was ahead of all other suburbs.

Top 5 South Australia wildlife collision hotspots

1Port Augusta
2Mount Gambier
3Coober Pedy

Interested in the top-five wildlife collision hotspots in Australia's other states and territories? Here are the links to the results for NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania and ACT.