26 April 2021

Thousands of animals are badly injured each year as a result of entanglement in or contact with barbed wire. We frequently attend rescues where native animals are caught and tangled in netting and fencing.

Nocturnal animals such as bats, gliders and owls are particularly susceptible and are often entangled when flying towards flowering or fruiting trees, or dams and creeks.

Netting entanglement can result in constriction injuries, as the net cuts off blood supply to parts of their bodies, abrasions, and fractures.

If you see entangled wildlife, please contact WIRES on 1300 094 737 or fill out our ‘Report a Rescue’ form so we can get an appropriately trained and vaccinated member to assist: https://www.wires.org.au/rescue/report-a-rescue

If you have netting in your yard, please consider wildlife-friendly options. You can learn more about this on our fact sheet: https://www.wires.org.au/…/wildlife-friendly-netting.