Could you be a WIRES carer?
After receiving a record number of calls over the Christmas break, the wildlife care organisation is holding a training session in Grenfell and asking locals to consider volunteering.
The Rescue and Immediate Care Course is on March 4 and interested Forbes residents are urged to sign up.
WIRES volunteer Katie McVicar from Cowra said that WIRES received more than 6,000 requests for assistance for animals in need and advice about native wildlife between December 26, 2016 and January 8, 2017.
WIRES believes that it is important that the public knows what to do if they have an accident involving an animal or come across an animal that has been involved in an accident on or near the road.
“Firstly, only pull over when it is safe to do so,” Ms McVicar said.
“Approach animals with caution. They are frightened and in pain and will lash out to preserve themselves.”
The next step is to contact WIRES on 1300 094 737.
“This number is worth saving into phone contacts so it is available for anyone to use on the side of the road or whenever needed,” Ms McVicar said.
There is now also the WIRES Wildlife Rescue App that can be downloaded from Android and Apple stores. Through the app people who need to find important information, report a rescue or contact the WIRES Rescue Line.
“It is worth downloading the app so that even if motorists can still quickly and easily contact the correct phone number to report an incident,” Ms McVicar said.
Through the app people can also find a vet, become a volunteer and find information about certain animals.
If the mammal is deceased it is important to check pouches to make sure there isn’t a baby inside.
When a deceased animal is lying on the road it is imperative to move it to the side so that it not only doesn’t cause a vehicle accident, but to protect scavengers from being injured or killed too.
The course is fully accredited and costs $175.
For more information please visit WIRES.org.au, email Training@wires.org.au or call Hannah Ryan on (02) 8977 3392.