Koalas Stripping Manna Gums In Cape Otway To Be Relocated


PHOTO: Dr Whisson says it would be impossible to move the koalas. (ABC News)

There are concerns about the destruction of native manna gums by koalas at Cape Otway.

Researchers say there are as many as 18 koalas per hectare in the area, compared to an Australian average of one koala for every two hectares.

Deakin University lecturer, Dr Desley Whisson, says most of the koala population will move on when there are no more manna gums left.

But she says it is simply impossible to move so many koalas out of the area.

“There have been programs in the past that have used sterilisation and relocation to try to manage koala problems,” she said.

“In this instance it would be impossible. It’s far too bigger a problem and far too big an area to deal with.”

She says there is little they can do.

“I think probably all we can do is protect some of the habitat form over-browsing so we don’t lose the tree species in Cape Otway.”

Dr Whisson says most of the animals will move into nearby blue gum forests.

Topics: animals, environmental-impact, apollo-bay-3233

First posted Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:28pm AEDT. Updated Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:52pm AEDT

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-10/koalas-destroying-cape-otway-manna-gums/4305628

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