Even in the urban sprawl of Byron Bay it is important to remember that there are still koalas that are moving around looking for a meal and a mate.
At 5.30am this morning one local was surprised to see a koala lying in the middle of the southbound road of Jonson Street Byron Bay opposite the Byron Bay Ex-services club. Stopping to check on the koalas condition he said the koala was still warm but was no longer breathing.
‘It was only just getting light and I moved it off the road when I realised it wasn’t breathing,’ he said.
‘I’ve lived in Byron for 20 years and I’ve never seen one here before.’
Echonedaily understands that there is koala habitat located behind Woolworths, the Mercato development and the Byron Bay Ex-Service Club and there was a a previous reported a koala in a tree outside Woolworths in Byron that drew crowds in 2014.
On the move
Ros Irwin from Friends of the Koala told Echonetdaily that breeding season has started early this year and that the juvenile males, who have been kicked out of the colony by the dominant males, are moving around as they look for new homes.
‘They are on the ground more at this time of year and are more vulnerable to attacks by dogs and being hit by cars.
‘Just slow down,’ Ros reminds drivers.
‘Keep your eyes open for koalas and wildlife and if you see a koala stop and escort it off the road. If it has been hit check if it is a female and see if it has a joey in the pouch as these can often be saved.
‘In the last two weeks there have been two koala and two wallaby deaths just on our local road. If people are driving on country roads like they are highways then the wildlife just don’t have a chance.’
A healthy koala?
If you see a koala up a tree or on the road Friends of the Koala are reminding people to look out for the signs of health and if there are issues with the eyes or they have a dirty bottom to call Friends of the Koala rescue hotline on 6622 1233.
Big Scrub Rainforest Day
Promoting awareness of the plight of the koala that is currently predicted to be heading towards extinction Friends of the Koala are running an information stall at the Big Scrub Rainforest Day on October 21 at Rocky Creek Dam.
‘We are looking for members, or their friends, who are interested in helping out at the stall on the day,’ said Ros.
If you are interested in getting involved contact Aliison on 0428216079.