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Wed Mar 4, 2015, 11:01 PM

No, Really: Australia Has a Good Reason for Killing Almost 700 Koalas




Officials secretly culled koalas on the country’s southern coast because the animals were starving to death.



(Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/03/04/700-koalas-are-killed-name-overpopulation?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2015-03-04

March 04, 2015 By Taylor Hill

Taylor Hill is Take Part's associate environment and wildlife editor.


Koalas are having a rough go of it lately. Between dehydration from Australia’s historic drought and singed paws thanks to recent brushfires, extreme weather has given the furry marsupials more than enough to deal with.

Now another threat has emerged: the Australian government.

On Wednesday, an official confirmed that between 2013 and 2014, the government secretly euthanized 686 koalas in Australia’s Cape Otway National Park because the local population had grown bigger than the park could sustain.

"The intervention was necessary to prevent suffering of koalas because they weren't able to find enough food," said Lisa Neville, environment minister for the state of Victoria, in a statement.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 4, 2015, 11:27 PM

1. Was there any attempt to capture and relocate? n/t

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Response to HeiressofBickworth (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 4, 2015, 11:51 PM

3. From the article:

Despite the mass euthanization, the possibility of a future cull lingers. Cape Otway's koala population is still on the rise, and experts warn against moving koalas to other areas, as it often leads to greater suffering for the animals.


A biologist friend of mine who worked at San Diego Zoo posted this to his FB about an hour ago. According to another zoologist who commented on the story, relocation rarely works because they're so damned territorial.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Mar 4, 2015, 11:49 PM

2. Australia running out of gum trees?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Mar 5, 2015, 12:02 AM

4. This gives me sads

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Thu Mar 5, 2015, 12:05 AM

5. On the upside, they are very tasty

So at least there's that.

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