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Kangaroos a deadly Aussie road menace: study

They may be on the national emblem, but a study has confirmed what many Australians have long suspected: kangaroos Kangaroos

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 are the deadliest animal menace to drivers on the nation's roads.

Kangaroos and their smaller kin, wallabies, are famed for their tendency to leap into the path of highway traffic, endangering not only their own lives but those behind the wheel.

A university study of animal-related crashes in New South Wales New South Wales, state (1991 pop. 5,164,549), 309,443 sq mi (801,457 sq km), SE Australia. It is bounded on the E by the Pacific Ocean. Sydney is the capital. The other principal urban centers are Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Lismore, Wollongong, and Broken Hill.  state, released Tuesday, found the giant hoppers accounted for 60 percent of fatalities in such accidents. They also accounted for almost 40 percent of such accidents which resulted in injury.

Lead researcher Daniel Ramp said kangaroos posed a greater threat than dogs, wandering stock or horses, and they were most frequently the first object hit, causing a car to veer into a tree or fence.

There were 13 human deaths in almost 2,100 crashes involving kangaroos in the 10 years from 1996, with a person treated for injury from such a crash once every three days, Ramp said.

Most accidents happened between dusk and dawn, when kangaroos tended to be searching for food, and they were much more frequent in the colder months and on weekends, he added.

But Ramp, from the University of New South Wales The University of New South Wales, also known as UNSW or colloquially as New South, is a university situated in Kensington, a suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. , warned many crashes went unreported and the real figures were likely to be much higher.

"(It's) clear that only a small fraction of crashes with animals get reported to police," Ramp said.

The odds of hitting a kangaroo kangaroo, name for a variety of hopping marsupials, or pouched mammals, of the family Macropodidae, found in Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. The term is applied especially to the large kangaroos of the genus Macropus.  are so high most farmers and people living in the country have fitted metal "roo bars" to deflect kangaroo impacts from the front of their vehicle.

Others use high-frequency "roo shoo shoo  
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To drive or frighten away by or as if by crying "shoo.
" whistles to repel the macropods Macropods
Derived from the Greek, macropod literally means "large footed." Macropods are marsupials belonging to the family Macropodidae, which includes kangaroos, wallabies, tree kangaroos, pademelons, and several others.
 from their path.
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Date:Aug 25, 2009
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