Why Australia has quietly killed 700 koalas

March 5, 2015 2:05 PM

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Why Australia has quietly killed 700 koalas

Koalas' numbers on one part of Australia are too big for their own good, and some are starving—so officials have quietly been culling their population, Australia's ABC News reports.

"We have had koalas suffer in that Cape Otway area because of ill health and starvation" amid overpopulation, says environment minister Lisa Neville. About 700 koalas were secretly killed in 2013 and 2014 under a prior government, ABC reports; the animals were sedated, then euthanized.

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