There are about 120 Wedge-tailed eagle breeding pairs left in the state, less than 110 pairs of grey goshawks, and less than 200 pairs of sea-eagles. They are fighting against the tide of habitat destruction caused by coastal home development, boat accidents, and entanglements in power lines. Goshawks are often shot to protect poultry.
Threats to Tasmania’s raptors:
- Unnatural mortality
- Persecution (Shooting, poisoning, trapping)
- Collision (powerline, vehicle, fences, wind turbines)
- Habitat loss (especially nesting sites)
- Nest disturbance
- Reduction in mean age of population
- Reduction in recruitment
Reducing Tasmania’s road toll
- Slow down – especially when passing bush/pasture interface. This allows animals time to react.
- Don’t drive at night if you don’t have to.
- Turn high beams down when you see an animal. This allows animals to escape rather than stand stunned.
Remember: If you see road kill, move it off the road and check for pouch young. Animals feeding on road kill risk becoming victims themselves.