Kangaroo killed by truck 00:00 am 12/11/05 RHONDA SIEBECKER ROTHE and DANIELLE CORCORAN Capital Newspapers
MAUSTON - For Ralph Hamm, it was a "once in a lifetime thing" when he hit and killed a kangaroo with his truck Wednesday.
But kangaroos hopping around southern Wisconsin are becoming an annual occurrence.
Last winter, a 130-pound kangaroo eluded Iowa County authorities for two days until he was finally corralled in a horsebarn on a farm south of Dodgeville.
In this week's case, a 50- pound animal darted in front of Hamm's truck in his rural Mauston driveway. Hamm said he didn't have time to stop.
Where the wayward marsupials are coming from is a mystery. Tom Jodarski, a former DNR warden in Juneau County, said the kangaroo was probably somebody's exotic pet that got away.
Experts offered a similar theory for the presence of the last kangaroo, found about 60 miles away in Dodgeville.
Hamm said the kangaroo had apparently been living under a culvert on his property. The culvert area had "a lot of tracks and a line where he dragged his tail," he said, which he thought indicated the animal had been there for some time.
Somewhere in New England some 'Joey researcher' is saying"I told them so! But the scientific community and the sceptics scoffed at me! There are no rodents with massive feet in this state..they would say!!! I am vindicated!!"
"We should not allow possibilities to become assumptions!": John Green
Some exotic pet got loose. Ok but 2 times? Less likely. Who knows how the Kangaroo got to South Wisconson but it's fairly certain they can survive in such climate. That's unexpected. And are they reproducing?