With koala breeding season now underway, Gold Coasters are being urged to be extra cautious to avoid a spike in koala injuries.
Throughout the breeding season, which runs from July through to January, koala activity and movement on the ground increases which makes them more vulnerable to threats such as vehicle strikes, dogs and disease.
Here are three easy ways you can help to keep koalas safe during this time:
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- Make sure you drive carefully in bushland areas, especially between dusk and dawn when koalas are most active.
- Pay attention to koala road signs – these are intentionally placed in areas where koalas are known to cross the road.
- Be a responsible pet owner by making sure your pets are contained within your property; tethered, enclosed, or indoors at night; and kept under control when walking in public.
Gold Coasters are encouraged to report all koala sightings through the City of Gold Coast’s online koala sighting form here. This information will help determine future conservation measures for the city’s koalas.
Any locals who spot a koala that is sick or in immediate danger should call Wildcare Australia Inc. on their 24/7 hotline on (07) 5527 2444.