International tourists are stopping in the middle of a notorious bend on the Great Ocean Road to take photos of fox carcasses, putting motorists lives at risk.
Passing motorists have been forced to cross double lines going onto the opposite side of the road to avoid hitting the stationary cars.
The dead foxes are hung on a private property fence and stretch for about 30 metres, near the Rowans and Bartons road intersection.
Nullawarre resident Colin Collet said he saw a car parked in the middle of the sharp sweeping 90 degree bend on Saturday.
Mr Collet said it was crazy and dangerous. “It’s the second time I’ve seen a car stopped in the middle of the road,” he said. “I’ve seen them stop the car and the other person get out while the rest of the internationals are sitting in the car. There’s not even enough room to park a car on the side of the road so you have to go onto the opposite side going around the corner.”
He said the foxes had been there about four years and were replaced when they decomposed. “That corner’s bad enough without this.”
Warrnambool resident Ellen Troitzsch said it was a gruesome sight. “We thought ‘what a dangerous thing to do’ and on our way back from Port Campbell we saw people parked there,” Mrs Troitzsch said. She also saw a crash there on Monday and approached authorities to remove the foxes but said nothing had been done.
Nullawarre store staff member Scott McDowall said the foxes had been there for a long time. “To be honest I don’t know who’s putting them there,” he said. "It’s not a pleasant sight when you go around the corner. There has been a few share farmers in there over the years. They usually last two years and they’re gone. I know the one in there at the moment isn’t a part of it.”
Port Campbell police Senior Constable Liam Cook said it was extremely dangerous, urging motorists to take care and be vigilant.