Development blamed for ‘frightening’ surge in koala deaths – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Wildlife experts have expressed fears the koala, which is now a threatened species on Australia’s east coast, is in serious danger because of urban development.

As the ABC’s Four Corners program will tonight reveal, several leading vets and wildlife organisations say high-rise developments up and down the eastern coastline are culling the koala population.

Vets and wildlife sanctuaries say koalas are increasingly being mauled by dogs and hit by cars as they’re forced to flee their natural habitat.

Dr Michael Pyne from the Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital says Queensland koalas are under threat.

via Development blamed for 'frightening' surge in koala deaths – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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