September 23, 2021

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Port Macquarie Koala Hospital warns of the risks for koalas following dog attacks | Port Macquarie News

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Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is encouraging residents to become more aware of how to protect koalas from dog attacks as the breeding season approaches. In the past 18 months, 27 koalas have been admitted to the koala hospital after dog attacks. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital President Sue Ashton said the number of koalas attacked by dogs is increasing. “We can usually tell when a koala has been attacked by a dog based on the injuries a koala has attacked. We have also noticed that we are receiving more calls to rescue injured koalas in residential areas, which is usually an indication of one Dog attack is, “she said. “Most dog attacks on koalas happen when they enter a backyard and cannot climb out because of high metal fences. There is also a high rate of infection after a dog attack, “said Ms. Ashton.” Koalas move around at night and as the breeding season approaches they become more active, “Ms. Ashton said. “The best way for dog owners to protect koalas is to lock their dogs up at night and, if you have a high fence with no escape route, put a large branch or ladder against the fence so the koala can come out. “We’re also trying to get the koalas we’re rescuing back into the same area they came from. It’s really important to the species.” Volunteers at the Koala Hospital work hard to ensure the health and safety of the local koala populations, but as the area becomes more urban there is a risk that the population will be affected. “It is more important now than ever that people become more aware of how to protect koalas or we will lose them,” Ashton said. Our journalists work hard to bring local, breaking news to the community. Here’s how you can still access our trusted content:

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Protecting Koalas: The Koala Hospital reports that the death rate from dog attacks is 70 percent. Photo: Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is encouraging residents to become more aware of how to protect koalas from dog attacks as the breeding season approaches.

In the past 18 months, 27 koalas have been admitted to the koala hospital after dog attacks.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital President Sue Ashton said the number of koalas attacked by dogs is increasing.

“We can usually tell when a koala has been attacked by a dog based on the injuries a koala has attacked. We have also noticed that we are receiving more calls to rescue injured koalas in residential areas, which is usually an indication of one Dog attack is, “she said.

“Most dog attacks on koalas occur when they enter a backyard and cannot climb out because of high metal fences.

“The dogs, in most cases of koala attack, are simply protecting their property.”

The Koala Hospital reports that there is a 70 percent death rate after dog attacks.

“Most koalas have buttock bites that can puncture their liver and kidneys and make them bleed. There is also a high rate of infection following a dog attack,” Ms. Ashton said.

“Your injuries can be pretty terrible when they are brought in.”

Koala Hospital is rescuing injured koalas around the clock and says most calls come in at night.

“Koalas move around at night and as the breeding season approaches, they become more active,” Ms. Ashton said.

“The best way for dog owners to protect koalas is to lock their dogs up at night and, if they have a high fence with no escape route, put a large branch or ladder against the fence so the koala can come out.

“We’re also trying to get the koalas we’re rescuing back into the same area they came from. It’s really important to the species.”

Volunteers at the Koala Hospital work hard to ensure the health and safety of the local koala populations, but as the area becomes more urban there is a risk that the population will be affected.

“It is more important now than ever that people become more aware of how to protect koalas or we will lose them,” Ashton said.

Our journalists work hard to bring local, breaking news to the community. Here’s how you can still access our trusted content:

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