They’re one of our most treasured icons and a critically endangered species, but drivers and dogs on the Gold Coast are helping kill off our Koala population.
In the last five days alone at least 10 koalas have died after being run over on roads from Tallebudgera Valley to Coomera.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital says another seven have been mauled by dogs or suffered trauma by falling into backyard swimming pools.
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Dr Michael Pyne told the Gold Coast Bulletin this year has been one of the worst in recent times for koala deaths and injuries.
He said the hot spots included Tallebudgera Connection Road, Guineas Creek Road and surprisingly, Smith Street.
Dr Pyne said the breeding season began earlier than usual this year.
“Koalas are not the smartest animal, which means they often end up walking out in front of cars,” he said.
If you find an injured or dead koala, phone Wild Care Australia on 5527 2444.