WOMEN are often accused of leading men on, but it's nothing compared to echidnas.

Mating season has started for local echidnas, which means up to 10 animals will walk together in a line, forming an echidna train.

The female of the group will naturally be at the front of the line, followed by males in order of size.

She will lead them around for six weeks or more, travelling long distances and foraging for food, before she finally chooses a mate.

But WIRES has warned that the echidna train moves quite slowly, making the animals vulnerable on the roads.

In recent weeks, WIRES volunteers have received many calls about echidnas that have been hit by cars.

Volunteers are urging drivers to keep a watch out for echidnas and also keep an eye out for injured animals.

If you need to move the animal, cover it and gently wrap it in a thick towel.

Stay with the animal and phone WIRES on 6628 1898.

For information about echidnas, go to www.wiresnr.org/echidna.html.



WIRES needs more volunteers throughout the Northern Rivers. The next training weekend will be on June 15-16. Phone the 24-hour hotline on 6628 1898 or visit http://www.wiresnr.org to find out more.

As an all-volunteer organisation, WIRES relies on the generosity of the community. WIRES is a charity, not a government service. All donations $2 and over are tax deductible.