Shoo Roos

Discussion in 'Australia' started by sandgroper, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. Sundowner

    Sundowner Bort

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    Good HID lights turn night into day (which I always switch off if possible once an animal has been sighted if speed/moonlight conditions allow), plus knowing how to scan the road properly and always ask a local about the area ahead if possible are the best ways to reduce your impact chances. A simple tip I learnt from a Pro Roo Shooter mate is that the little buggers won't move around on a windy night, so unless they're sitting on the roadside in a drought affected area, eating the greener grass or waiting for rain to fall or damp night dew to form on bitumen surfaces, you're less likely to encounter them if it's blowing hard. I'm guessing it's because their coats aren't very thick and they have no body fat, so they need to shelter to conserve heat.
    The plastic whistle things would be more effective if you shoved them up your arse - the sudden rush of air through them just before impact might create enough sound to scare a stray animal into flight while you're hard on the brakes. Somebody got rich on the idea anyway. I guess that's what matters.
  2. GMess

    GMess Been here awhile

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    Colleague had a ShooRoo on a Subaru Outback. He ran a basic, replicated research trial where he ran the same section of road between Morven and Augathella in both directions, at dawn and dusk, over many days with the device on and off.
    He counted the numbers of roos that moved towards the road and and the numbers that moved away from the road as well as the numbers that just stayed where they were. When he ran a statistical analysis of the data the ShooRoo made no significant difference to roo behaviour.
    When we look at roo strikes across all our field staff of around 30 people averaging 50,000 km per year over the last 25 years the only valid correlation we can make is against the age of the driver.
  3. outback jack

    outback jack Long timer

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    He certainly picked a good section of road for that trial, that's deadly Roo country through there. On another note the main roads did a trial here near Bark'y just out of town. They placed guide posts at 3 meter centers with reflectors on all sides so the head lights would hit them at any angle. The death rate quadroupled so they canned it quick. i have had real good success at using my very bright indicator lights to make them jump away from the road. :deal