Here is her email:
Subject: Another adult cassowary death on Mission Beach roads
A call was received this evening to inform C4 of an adult female cassowary road death at a well known crossing point just west of the hardware near the pumping station on the El Arish/Mission Beach Road.
The death occurred yesterday afternoon.
Apparently from the markings and amount of blood on the road the bird was hit by one car and ricocheted into the path of another car. We believe that the incident was not reported by the drivers of the vehicle/s involved and the body of the bird was retrieved late this afternoon by the Police and the Tully Vet.
C4 will be sending out a media release about this death as soon as more information is available.
This death will take the cassowary road toll to three adults in six months, within a kilometre section of road that is a known frequent crossing area.
With a slow recruitment rate of a species that can live up to 50 years, the death of three adult female cassowaries within a localised area is a massive blow for the important Mission Beach population of the endangered cassowary.
The site of the accident may be further west than the welcomed Main Roads proposed action to reduce the speed limit to 60kph.
The records of the placement of QPWS recent crossing signs would be invaluable information to inform authorities where effective traffic management can be applied.
When will the threats to the icon of the Cassowary Coast Region be taken seriously enough, by all the authorities that have the power to act, to avoid this carnage?
For further information please contact
C4 Media Coordinator
Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation
(07) 4068 7315
How do I feel?
Angry to start with but I am not even going to discuss my thoughts in this regard until I have cooled off a little.
Mostly I just feel sad that we are watching this amazing creature getting smashed into oblivion on our roads whilst agencies that could make a real difference slowly awaken (and hopefully respond) to the significance of these losses.
To be honest I am getting sick of telling this same story over and over but the message needs to get out there.
At this rate I will soon be considering constructing a form letter with fields for date and location that I can use to report each cassowary road death as they arrive in my inbox.
Government agencies need to act rapidly and decisively to halt this repetitive loss of such a precious endangered keystone species.
With an estimated Australian population of approximately 1500 individual birds every cassowary lost is a blow to this endangered species.
I will update this report when the press release comes in and more is known.