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Date Registered: 02-2006
Location: Canberra
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Wildlife Whistles


Hi all,

This is something I have been curious about for some time. Have you seen those plastic whistles for sale in Auto Shops that claim to scare away kangaroos and other wildlife?
You attach them to the outside of the car and the passing wind makes an inaudable (to humans) sound. Same theory as the Shoo Roo I imagine.

You can get 'made in china' ones for $3 - $7. Seems cheap but I wonder if anyone really has experience with them and would like to share their opinions on them.
A friend who lives just outside Canberra claims he's never seen a Roo on the road since sticking them on.

Brendon

P.S. - I wonder if the made in china ones only scare Panda's? emoticon
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Date Registered: 10-2005
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 Gee's and you reckon the 'Hiclone' caused some debate.

 My place of work has exensively tested these devices (ShuRoo) and found that they do not work. We still hit roos with and without them installed.

 But on the other (like the Hiclone), there are people who swear by them.

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Who needs that whistle when you can get your hands on the "exy" horns we have been discussing lately LOL

I reckon one beep from you will see the roos on trees. hehehe


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Date Registered: 09-2005
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I have those little whistles. They were on the car when I bought it.

I can't vouch for their effectiveness, but I haven't hit or seen a kangaroo... and one would think that I would atleast see them on a 7000km journey from Sydney to Cairns (inland and coastal roads).

I've hit stupid birds though. Humourous at times.

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quote:

BRETT72 wrote:

 Gee's and you reckon the 'Hiclone' caused some debate.

 My place of work has exensively tested these devices (ShuRoo) and found that they do not work. We still hit roos with and without them installed.

 But on the other (like the Hiclone), there are people who swear by them.



They're sold and used a lot up here in Canada.

Parts of the Country use them for deer.

Here in Newfoundland, we have Moose & Caribou that cross the road regularily. These animals can weight anywhere from 600 to 1200 POUNDS emoticon

For the small cost of these devices and the large amount of damage that is done if you hit such an animal, a lot of them are sold and used..........

Do they help ?? IMHO, I doubt it. Not sure that a "whistle" is gonna deter a 1200 pound Moose from crossing the road to get to some fresh water or food emoticon

 

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Date Registered: 06-2005
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I read the results of a proper test some time ago that tested an electronic device claimed to shoo roos. It was judged not to work at all.

I have fitted my two vehicles with the plastic whistle type, a very cheap one on my ute and a very slightly more expensive one that has a swivle adjustment on my X-trail. I have so far not had any problems with roos despite many dead ones along the normal roads I travel.



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My Father In-Law uses them and all I can say is that the ones he bought ARE in fact annoyingly audible to humans above 80km/h. (even though they are not supposed to be)

As far as effectiveness goes - he's never hit a Roo before or after he installed them.

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Do they help ?? IMHO, I doubt it. Not sure that a "whistle" is gonna deter a 1200 pound Moose from crossing the road to get to some fresh water or food emoticon

 



Now I know exactly what you're talking about, although I doubt that THIS driver had any chance at all to use "his" whistle emoticon



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Do they help ?? IMHO, I doubt it. Not sure that a "whistle" is gonna deter a 1200 pound Moose from crossing the road to get to some fresh water or food emoticon

 



Now I know exactly what you're talking about, although I doubt that THIS driver had any chance at all to use "his" whistle emoticon




YUP - that's for sure.

And that fella was only a puppy at 500 lbs.

Where I live, most moose / vehicle (not just cars) collisions usually results in a dead animal and a vehicle that is (most time) written off by the insurance.

From what I've read (thank God I've not had the experience) hitting a big moose at anywhere from 80 km/hr + is like hitting a concrete wall. Our highway speed limits are 100 km/hr and most drivers do at least 110.

We have a lot of highway signs posted to show where the moose crossings are more commonly used - but there's still a lot of these type of accidents.

Shudder the thought !!



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Date Registered: 02-2006
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Hi,

I work up in the hunter valley and am on the roads at usually dusk and dawn, the two worst times for roo's. I have two of these cheap plastic items on my ute as well as a great set of driving lights. I can usually see them off in the distant, and within about 200meters, they usually start to move. Problem is that, roo's are stupid, no brains, they travel in ANY direction. I've had to stick it in reverse once to get out of the way of an eight foot tall bugger, when he started coming my way. I would have them on my next car, no doubt!

Chris

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