Road users are reminded to slow down while driving between dusk and dawn and report roadkill on the Tasmanian Reporter app.
The new app, developed by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas), makes it easy for people to report roadkill. The data from the app provides important insight to road owners and managers to help reduce roadkill in the state, including identifying roadkill hot spots and helping inform management and mitigation techniques.
The new app follows a three-year roadkill reporting app trial by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. Six months of data has now been collected on the new app and exported to the Natural Values Atlas and the LIST. Between December 2022 and May 2023, the new app recorded 2,326 reports of animals being killed on Tasmanian roads from 53 species.
From the species reported as being killed on Tasmanian roads, the highest were Bennetts wallaby (28.5%), Tasmanian pademelon (28.4%) and Brushtail possum (13.9%). Three species of dasyurid carnivores (spotted-tailed quolls, eastern quolls and Tasmanian devils) were in the top 12 species reported as being killed on Tasmanian roads in this timeframe.
All data is uploaded to the Natural Values Atlas and the LIST online. The Tasmanian Roadkill Reporter app should only be used when safe to do so. It is illegal to touch your mobile phone while driving or waiting at traffic lights.
For more information and to download the Tasmanian Roadkill Reporter app visit the NRE Tas website: https://nre.tas.gov.au/roadkillapp