Australia To Open Koala hunting in 2018

No one saw Australia doing this!

Sydney, Australia (April 1, 2017) – Australia’s Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment announced today that koala hunting will be allowed in early 2018. The hunts will be conducted on public lands and by permit only. Permits will be issued by lottery.
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) or koala bears is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae, and its closest living relatives are the wombats. The koala is found in coastal areas of the mainland's eastern and southern regions, inhabiting Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. It is easily recognisable by its stout, tailless body; round, fluffy ears; and large, spoon-shaped nose. The koala has a body length of 60–85 cm and weighs 4–15 kg. 
“Koala numbers are at an all time high, well past the tipping point of what the species’ habitat can carry,” Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment spokesperson Barry Graham explains. “The reason for the hunt is to reduce the number of koalas in an ethical, surgical manner that also puts money in the coffers.”
The permits are expected to cost between $500 - $1,000.
Mr. Graham adds, “I know many are opposed to our allowing the hunting of Australia’s favorite marsupial but I assure them that this is the best way to manage the species. The last thing we need is for our parks and wildlife areas to become littered with the carcasses of koalas that have died from starvation and / or malnutrition.”
Hunters will be allowed to keep their trophy or sell it for meat and fur.
“Koala is considered a delicacy in parts of Asia,” Mr. Graham says. “A hunter selling a plump koala could easily recoup the money he spent on the hunt if he finds the right buyer.”


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