Hope for captured kangaroos destroyed by cars, as plan emerges to save them from urban block

A group of kangaroos trapped in a block of urban land, the number of which has been destroyed by being hit by cars, is about to be rescued by a new plan that will take them back to their national park homes.

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For two years, the animals were trapped on the land near Mernda on the northern outskirts of Melbourne, after the construction of a railway line had cut them off from their bush home.

Conversations about how to move have not gone anywhere, but now an agreement between Woolworths, owner of the land where the animals are trapped, and Victoria & # 39; s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, will move the kangaroos very soon. & # 39;

The move cannot come soon enough because many of the kangaroos have been killed by cars that are driving past their current location near a busy intersection.

A gang of forty kangaroos (photo) is stranded on a piece of land owned by Woolworths, while a plan to relocate them has been worked through

A gang of forty kangaroos (photo) is stranded on a piece of land owned by Woolworths, while a plan to relocate them has been worked through

The kangaroos are stuck on a piece of land at a busy intersection (pictured) in Mernda, in the north of Melbourne

The kangaroos are stuck on a piece of land at a busy intersection (pictured) in Mernda, in the north of Melbourne

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The kangaroos are stuck on a piece of land at a busy intersection (pictured) in Mernda, in the north of Melbourne

Local volunteer caretaker Krysti Severi, who was part of the campaign to safely move the kangaroos, told The age that there were initially about 60 on the site, but now there is a number between 30 or 40.

"I know at least eight were killed by cars that we found dead or that we had to euthanize."

The DELWP confirmed in a statement that a permit to control wildlife was signed in early June, allowing Woolworths to move the animals.

An ATCW permit may allow the Department to & # 39; scare, distribute or destroy & # 39; but in this case Woolworths must enable the safe return of the Kangaroos to Plenty Gorge later in the year.

Wildlife volunteers were willing to move the kangaroos safely (photo) but were constantly blocked by the Ministry of Environment, Land, Water and Planning of Victoria

Wildlife volunteers were willing to move the kangaroos safely (photo) but were constantly blocked by the Ministry of Environment, Land, Water and Planning of Victoria

Wildlife volunteers were willing to move the kangaroos safely (photo) but were constantly blocked by the Ministry of Environment, Land, Water and Planning of Victoria

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Woolworths Senior Development Manager, Don Foulds, confirmed that after more than a year of waiting, the company has the permits to move the group and would be able to relocate the move & very soon & # 39; to undertake.

The delay in moving the animals was a source of frustration for local nature volunteers who have been concerned about their welfare since working on the new Mernda railway in 2017.

Due to the construction of the new track extension, the crowd could no longer go to their habitat in the Plenty Gorge National Park.

Australian Society for Kangaroos President Nikki Sutterby said that volunteers, with Woolworths' cooperation, had been willing to calm and relocate the crowd, but were being held up by the Ministry of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

The Departmen of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have confirmed that they licensed Woolworths in early June to start moving the animals

The Departmen of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have confirmed that they licensed Woolworths in early June to start moving the animals

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The Departmen of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have confirmed that they licensed Woolworths in early June to start moving the animals

"We said that once the railroad was opened in August it would be dangerous," Sutterby said. "We were ready to go and they (DELWP) ignored us for more than a year."

According to Mrs. Sutterby, it is not difficult to move kangaroo mobs, provided that they are safely stunned by veterinarians and moved in small groups for a number of nights.

"It's not complicated as long as you know kangaroo behavior," she said. "You can get thirty or forty kangaroos ready within a week."

However, Woolworths said that instead of moving the kangaroos under sedation, the step should be to form a path for the animals to return to their home in Plenty Gorge.

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Agreed in consultation with expert advisers and the DELWP, the rose would be encouraged back to their homes using methods such as placing food on the path back to the gorge.

Woolworths have said that it will soon be moving the crowd of kangaroos from their location in Mernda after they were granted a permit to do so at the beginning of June.

Woolworths have said that it will soon be moving the crowd of kangaroos from their location in Mernda after they were granted a permit to do so at the beginning of June.

Woolworths have said that it will soon be moving the crowd of kangaroos from their location in Mernda after they were granted a permit to do so at the beginning of June.

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