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Drivers warned to be cautious of ducklings

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016 Rebecca Gredley

They've been known to bring major highways to a halt as they leave their nests in search of wetlands and now spring has sprung it's moving time for ducks and ducklings.

The WA Department of Parks and Wildlife is reminding people to watch out for duck families on roads and cycle paths near water.

Wildlife officer Karen Smith said ducks often nested in tree hollows and shrubs a considerable distance away from wetlands, so have to walk to their preferred habitat which may mean crossing busy roads.

"Vehicle users and cyclists should exercise caution on the roads at this time of year and slow down, especially on roads close to water bodies," she said.

Ms Smith said it's best to resist the temptation to pick up the fuzzy babies as it can cause the mother to abandon her ducklings.

"While we understand people want to help ducklings in distress, we are asking them not to put themselves in potentially dangerous situations that could lead to serious injuries," she said.

Ducks and their hatchlings can sometimes arrive as surprise guests in backyard swimming pools, and it's advised people encourage them to leave without chasing them, so they can find suitable wetlands.

They will be journeying from their nests to wetlands from now until November.

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