Animal carers in the Hunter Valley are blaming increased traffic from the mining industry for a spike in the amount of roadkill in the region.
Roz Holme and her husband Kev run the Cedar Creek Wombat Rescue, and told the Newcastle Herald miners weren’t doing enough to protect local animals.
“They just don’t seem to care from the way they’re driving on our dirt tracks,” she said.
“They’re in their big mine trucks and they’re hitting a lot of wildlife.”
While Holme did not have any research or study to back up her claims she said her rescue centre was overflowing with wombats, and more funding was needed to expand their efforts.
According to the Newcastle Herald mining companies are contributing money toward improving roads and helping rescue groups, but veterinarian Robin Crisman said the funds were “hush money” designed to quell opposition to the industry.