STAY ALERT: Police are warning motorists to watch out for animals on roads in Toogoolawah and Esk.
STAY ALERT: Police are warning motorists to watch out for animals on roads in Toogoolawah and Esk. Robyne Cuerel

Animals, livestock seen on Esk and Toogoolawah roads

POLICE are reporting an increase in animal-based road accidents in the Esk and Toogoolawah areas.

Toogoolawah officer in charge, Sergeant John Cumber said there had been consistent reports of animals strikes over the past few weeks.

"It's not unusual in the Toogoolawah and Esk areas to have native animals, wildlife and livestock present on and around our road networks all year round,” Sgt Cumner said.

"In particular, kangaroos, deer and livestock have been involved.”

While animals aren't uncommon on the roads, Sgt Cumner advised motorists to be cautious, especially during sunset and sunrise hours.

"I think (the sightings) will depend on rainfall, with animals often approaching and crossing roads to seek out feed and water,” he said.

"Drivers should generally be aware that there is a good chance they will encounter animals on and near roadways at all times of the day around the Toogoolawah and Esk areas.

"Driver should be vigilant and scan for any hazards that they are approaching.”

Sgt Cumner said any non-urgent traffic crashes involving animals could be reported to Police Link on 131444.

Accidents involving injury to drivers and passengers should be reported to emergency services.

Those where an obstruction to the road has occurred should be reported to Police Link.


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