If you are lucky enough to live among cassowaries or are visiting areas where they live, please take these steps to ensure the safety both of you and these magnificent birds.

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    Do not feed cassowaries

    Cassowaries can become used to hand-feeding, thus increasing their exposure to the risks developed areas, such as vehicle strikes and dog attacks. Following cyclones, the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service organises feeding in a manner that is safe for both birds and people. If you live in a cassowary area dispose of food rubbish safely and secure your compost bin to prevent ‘raids’ by cassowaries and other wildlife.
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    Drive carefully

    Road accidents are the leading cause of cassowary mortality in Queensland. Drive safely in cassowary country and be alert for cassowary crossing signs and the birds themselves. Do not throw rubbish or feed cassowaries from your vehicle. Alert oncoming drivers to cassowaries on the road by flashing your headlights.
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    Control your dogs

    Dog attacks are responsible for many cassowary injuries and deaths, especially of juvenile birds and chicks. If you live in a cassowary area, don’t let your dogs roam free and keep them secured, especially at night.
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    Avoid confrontation

    Treat cassowaries with respect. Cassowaries have been known to attack people when they have eggs or chicks to defend. Do not pick up cassowary chicks or approach family groups. If confronted, remain calm and back away slowly. Protect your front with a bag or backpack if possible, and shelter behind a tree. Do not run away as cassowaries can run faster than most people!
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    You can help preserve cassowaries by:

    Reporting sightings – If you see an injured cassowary, report it to the local National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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