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Hungry Koalas Forced Out

  • Hungry Koalas Forced Out

Hundreds of koalas are set to be relocated off French Island

Hundreds of koalas are set to be relocated off French Island after eating themselves out of their homes.

Over 400 of the herbivores will be moved from the sea side to the tree haven that is Kinglake.

Abby Smith, wildlife officer at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning says it is a two pronged approach.

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"The bushfires in Kinglake in 2009 decimated the population," she told 3AW Breakfast.

"The koalas in French Island need a new home, so we are relocating them back to Kinglake."

Ms. Smith says the "decimation of habitat" is the biggest threat to the koala population.

"The vegetation in Kinglake has since regenerated and can now be home to the koalas again."

The relocation process is set to be rolled out over the next six weeks.