MUM AND BABY: A kangaroo killed by fires at the north end of Bribie. Photo: Contributed
MUM AND BABY: A kangaroo killed by fires at the north end of Bribie. Photo: Contributed

Wildlife rescuers face huge struggle after fire

HEARTBREAKING images of a dead kangaroo and her joey on Bribie Island detailed the devastation caused to local wildlife by a raging bushfire.

Up to 40 dead kangaroos were spotted sprawled across the sand between Second and Fourth Lagoon as a result of a fire that engulfed campsites on Wednesday.

 

Dead kangaroos north end of Bribie
Dead kangaroos north end of Bribie

 

It appeared they were fleeing to the water for safety.

Wildcare Australia trauma carer Rachel Lyons said mobile animals such as wallabies and kangaroos were more likely to survive bushfires than reptiles and possums.

But few animals survive large fires like that on Bribie Island.

And if they do, they have a long battle ahead of them to scour for food among their razed habitat.

"One of the issues wildlife rescuers face is that it's not often safe to go looking for wildlife after a fire," Ms Lyons said.

"There could still be embers on the ground and tree roots burning underneath the ground that we can't see.

"That also causes problems for animals who manage to survive."

A Wildlife Rescue Moreton Bay spokeswoman said rescuers were waiting until it was safe to walk along the island.

Ms Lyons said well-managed prescribed burns, like that at Noosa this week, have minimal impact on wildlife.

"We don't get many calls at all after low intensity controlled burns," she said.

"Fire cycles are necessary for forests and they are best for our wildlife in the long term."

Ms Lyons said if misplaced or injured wildlife turned up on your doorstep there were a number of rescue groups which could be contacted including Wildcare Australia, Wildlife Rescue and Wilvos.