Hundreds of koalas have reportedly been killed in secret by wildlife officials in Victoria due to concerns over starvation in a key habitat.
NewsCorp Australia reports that 686 koalas were culled near the Great Ocean Road in 2013 and 2014 in response to overpopulation in manna gum woodlands in the area.
The koalas, many of which were starving, were reportedly killed via lethal injection after being captured in trees.
NewsCorp reports that the recently elected Andrews Government is considering options on how to deal with starvation in the koala habitat at Cape Otway, about 230km southwest of Melbourne.
The cull is said to have occurred in secret to avoid a backlash from activists and locals.