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Wildlife affected by fires: Appeal from WIRES


WIRES has received many calls from members of the public offering assistance during the bushfire emergency as well as the ongoing drought we are experiencing. We thank the community for their generous offers of help.

The Currowan fire to the north of Batemans Bay is taking a very heavy toll on our local wildlife. We are expecting a large increase in the number of wild animals that are coming into our care.

In particular kangaroo, wallaby and wombat joeys together with possums, echidna and gliders numbers are expected to increase substantially in coming days.

We are currently unable to access active fire grounds due to safety, but as soon as we can, we will be ready to assist wildlife in distress.

We already have a very large number of animals in care as a result of the ongoing drought and some of these animals (and carers) have been evacuated from the fire ground to safe locations.

The destruction of natural grasslands and other natural food sources will send many animals onto road verges to graze for food.

Additionally, kangaroos and wallaby's under stress will often 'drop' their joeys.

We urgently need funds to purchase food.

If you are able to assist by making a donation to allow us to purchase food for these animals a deposit can be made to WIRES Mid-South Coast BSB 062-170 Account No 10040871 and PLEASE write 'mid south coast branch' in the reference part.

Injured wildlife can be reported to us by calling 13 000 WIRES or 1300 094 737.

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