Male kangaroo

You may see kangaroos in many areas of Moreton Bay including our urban environments. They are mobile animals with natural migration patterns through the landscape.

A group or 'mob' may stay in areas with low threats and high habitat connectivity. Under the protection of the Nature Conservation Act 1992, it is an offence to kill or harm kangaroos.

How you can support local kangaroo populations

Threats to kangaroos and their mobs may trigger defensive behaviours.

There are things you can do to ensure your safety and support local kangaroos, including: 

  • observing from a safe distance
  • being respectful and not approaching kangaroos
  • slowing down and taking care on our roads, especially between dusk and dawn
  • keeping dogs restrained and on a lead unless in the designated areas
  • reporting sick or injured kangaroos to the RSPCA by calling 1300 264 265

Council discourages feeding kangaroos. This may cause them to approach and become dependent on humans for food. They may become aggressive towards humans when hungry. 

Challenges for urban kangaroos

Urban kangaroo populations can encounter different challenges than those in the outback.

These urban challenges may include reduced habitat as housing developments grow. This restricts their movement through areas and can lead to increased human interaction.

Another challenge urban kangaroos face is vehicle strikes, often between dusk and dawn. These strikes can cause serious injury or death and damage to vehicles.

Attacks by domestic animals are also something they face. This may include bites and injuries from trying to avoid or escape from a perceived threat. This can result in dropped or injured joeys.

Reducing vehicle strikes with fauna crossings

Council is proactive in the management of road safety for motorists and wildlife. We continue to construct and install wildlife movement infrastructure including fauna crossings. Roadside exclusion fencing and wildlife road stencils are also installed throughout Moreton Bay.

These aim to warn drivers of areas of high wildlife crossings and reduce vehicle strikes. They also help to re-establish ecological linkages severed by roads.

Find out more about Council’s Green Infrastructure Network Delivery Program.