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They want to cull *koala bears*!

 
Anonymous Coward
07/14/2005 01:15 PM
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So many koalas, so few palatable ideas for curbing them


July is "Save the Koala Month" in Australia. So it may come as a surprise that conservation groups in the state of South Australia want some koalas shot.

he groups, led by the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia, are lobbying the state government to cull the teddy bearlike marsupials overpopulating an island south of Adelaide. They want the government to stand up to international pressure and abandon a new $3 million sterilization and relocation program.

"No one wants to see animals being shot, but we need to be thinking more about sustainable ecosystem management rather than appeasing international tourists," said Matthew Turner, a scientific officer with the Nature Conservation Society.

Kangaroo Island, which is known for the abundance of its namesake marsupial and has one of Australia´s best-preserved native ecosystems, is home to about 30,000 koalas. The seemingly harmless creatures have eaten their way through hundreds of acres of their favorite food, eucalyptus, leaving vast tracks of barren, dying trees next to rivers and creeks.

Turner estimated that as many as 20,000 koalas on the island should be killed to bring the population to a sustainable level that could then be controlled by sterilization or other methods.

The state government, which in May announced a four-year program to sterilize 8,000 koalas on the island and relocate some to the mainland, said it will make the plan work even if it has to boost the budget.

Since 1997, when a cull proposal was rejected, 4,600 koalas have been sterilized. But the animals still have flourished partly because they have no natural predators on the island.

Professor Hugh Possingham, a specialist in ecology and mathematics at the University of Queensland, said that unless 70 percent of the animals are sterilized, the population will keep swelling.

If the state sterilized 8,000 animals this year, there could be 44,000 koalas on the island by 2010 because they can double their numbers every five years.

The only other option, a one-time koala kill, is controversial.

When the South Australia government was looking at ways to control koalas last year they were overwhelmed with "dozens and dozens" of e-mails, letters and phone calls from the U.S., Europe and Japan, most of which threatened a tourism embargo in the event of a cull.

"Logic says it´s the right thing to do if you look at it in a cold-hearted way," said John Hill, state minister for the environment and conservation.

Not nearly that cuddly

A cull would be a cheap, simple solution but would generate negative publicity. "The image projected across the globe would be horrendous," Hill said, likening such a reaction to the international outcry against seal clubbing in Canada.

Only the koala prompts such a reaction. Conservation groups are baffled by opposition to culling koalas, which were introduced to the island in the 1920s. Several thousand of the island´s native wallabies and possums are killed every year to control theirs populations.

Turner attributed public empathy for the koala to the "cute and cuddly factor." However, he urged tourists to recognize the complexity of the issue. It isn´t as easy as moving them to another state because they´re inbred, not resistant to a mainland koala disease and probably wouldn´t survive, he said.

Besides that, wild koalas aren´t exactly the teddy bears so fondly imagined by tourists. They may look docile because their nutrient-poor diet of eucalyptus leaves means they move slowly and sleep 20 hours a day. However, with their long sharp claws, they can be quite aggressive if they´re provoked or feel threatened.

Another part of the resistance to a koala cull--even in Australia-- stems from the animal being listed as "vulnerable" in two other states.

They are still suffering the effects of slaughtering during the early 20th Century, and the spread of residential housing and agriculture is pushing them out of their natural habitat along the east coast.

`Band-Aid approach´ seen

The Australian Koala Foundation, organizer of Save the Koala Month, estimated there are fewer than 100,000 wild koalas in native habitat, which excludes places like Kangaroo Island, though that number has been contested as too low.

Still, the Koala Foundation, which opposes a cull, calls sterilization a "Band-Aid approach."

The foundation maintains that several factors, including agricultural practices, have harmed the island´s ecosystem. Replanting and restoring native habitat is the answer, it contends, but government and conservation groups question its practicality.

So while it may seem contradictory for conservation groups to support a cull, they see no better option.

Said Greg Ogle, state coordinator for The Wilderness Society, which has worked to protect koala habitat: "The situation is getting desperate."
JayRodney
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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cull ´em all and let gud sort it out.
Mister Obvious
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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SAVE THE KOALAS!!! SAVE THE KOALAS!!!
Rex
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Koala burgers taste minty. Must be all that eucalyptus they eat.
JayRodney
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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A full stomach and fresh breath! It´s like a big ham tic-tac.
Rex
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Minty freshpoop.

Won´t need a can of freshner in the bathroom.

You canpoopall over your house for that minty fresh smell.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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they need to , to meet increased demands for koala cubes.
Rex
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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I want a hair clip with real Koala ears.
JayRodney
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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I was thinking of inventing like cinnamon toilet paper. Big brown perhaps.
Rex
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Sooo your butt not only will smell cinnamony, it will also taste spicy?
JayRodney
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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I think you have to go to Taco Bell for the spicy part.
Rex
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Taco Bell for spicy stuff? You are white, aren´t you?
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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no don´t people, we´ll just have another thread from jonboy whateva with the a1 steak balls
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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ALAS!!!KOALAS!!!SAVE THE KOALAS!!! KO
JayRodney
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Watch it, thay´s Jew boy and injun runnun´ through these veins. When I go to taco bell, it´s like Fire Sauce, Jalapenos and green sauce.
Wash it down with a few beers, and I have a very interesting morning the next day.lmao
It makes me feel like I´m really hot shit!
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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mankinds ancient creedo for eating animals is....

"anything with its back to the sun"...
Rex
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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"Wash it down with a few beers, and I have a very interesting morning the next day.
It makes me feel like I´m really hot shit!"

You are hot stuff.
JayRodney
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Rex!luv You are too sweet!
Nerak
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Limited habitat either cull the bears or cull the humans and humans fight back. I know its sad but the same happens with elephant deer and many other animal. It either that or let them starve , ruin what habitat they have and become disease infested.
5344
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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OP notes: "They may look docile because their nutrient-poor diet of eucalyptus leaves means they move slowly and sleep 20 hours a day."


you´re talking about UFOOLogists, right?
Rex
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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"They may look docile because their nutrient-poor diet of eucalyptus leaves means they move slowly and sleep 20 hours a day."

Rex after a party, minus the eucalyptus stuff.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Save the Koala, sterilize the government!
Homer
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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UMMMM! Koala burgers!
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Taco Del Mar has fish, & shrimp tacos.


Koala Taco?

[link to www.tacodelmar.com]
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Koala bears... are they red meat? Or are they another "the other white meat" category?
Man
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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they want to cull the human race too
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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I have koalas here in my back yard. The young ones come up to the back door to watch me in the house.

They are soo cute.

By the way they are not bears at all.

When you see them in the yard they are very curious and sit up in the trees and watch you.
The young ones are very cheeky indeed.

Man does not appreciate the wonderful things around him saddly.
Anonymous Coward
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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By the way they can fix the disease problem etc. If they stop the habitates being given to developers in some places.

If they move some of them to a new habitate then the probs would be solved but of course that means money would be lost and corporate investments etc suffer.

It´s all about $$$$$
RIKTUS
12/08/2005 10:12 AM
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Of course they should cull them! Have you ever heard of Drop Bears?

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serious shit
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