A baby koala found at Sunshine Beach.
KOALA DEATHS SPARK ACTION
Peter Gardiner | 27th July 2012 8:30 AM
NOOSA’S dwindling koala population has taken another hit with the “sad” discovery this week of a dead joey at Sunshine Beach.
A resident on Monday morning found the youngster face down on a grass verge between Hill St and Swan Ave – just in from the David Low Way.
The local said he did not disturb the body in case koala experts wanted to carry out an examination on the cause of death.
Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue reported another dead koala found beside the Bruce Hwy near Noosa.
Its carcass was still there when the Noosa News visited the site. It appeared to have no injuries or markings to suggest it had been hit by a car or attacked by a dog.
The man who found it suggested it may have fallen from its mother, though there were no food trees nearby.
Carolyn Beaton of Koala Diaries has been keeping the council informed of an ongoing toll on Noosa’s koalas, mainly through car strikes. She was in Melbourne this week and was saddened to learn of the latest fatality.
“It is not uncommon for joeys to wander from their mothers if they are nearing the dispersing stage and sometimes they unfortunately fall prey to misadventure,” Ms Beaton said.
“We certainly don’t want to be adding to our death toll with little ones,” she said.
Ms Beaton said in cases like this, the best outcome was to contact Ray Chambers at SCWR on 0423 618 740.
“Ray could arrange collection and, in turn, a necrospy at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.”
The fragmentation of local koala populations due to development and loss of habitat contributing to the mounting toll will be key topics of the Sunshine Coast Koala Summit in Noosa on August 7 and 8.
The summit will be hosted by four koala conservation organisations, Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue, Koala Action Pine Rivers, Moreton Bay Koala Rescue and Koala Diaries.
“Without a high level, well co-ordinated management approach, functional extinction of the koala on the Sunshine Coast will soon become a reality,” Ms Beaton said.