FRIENDS of the Koala carer Sue Johnson with a baby koala orphaned because of a dog attack on it's mother.
FRIENDS of the Koala carer Sue Johnson with a baby koala orphaned because of a dog attack on it's mother. Crystal Spencer/ Tweed Daily News

Koala attacks on rise

THE Friends of Koala Incorporation is pleading with locals to watch their pets as the number of koala attacks rises.

The volunteer organisation which celebrates its 20th birthday this year, recorded an increase in dog attacks on koalas in the region due to dry weather and the mating season.

“In the past three months there has been 13 koala attacks compared to six attacks in 12 months last year, so the rate has doubled in only a three month period,” care co-ordinator Barbara Dobner said.

“Breeding season and the dry weather have contributed to the koalas moving around a lot more then normal and being found in odd spots.”



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