Mat­ing sea­son brings out koalas

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BEECH­WORTH’S koala bucks are tak­ing to trees and streets with the ad­vent of spring.

Koalas mate from Septem­ber to March and are ac­tive in the Lake Sam­bell re­serve and in nu­mer­ous town streets and gar­dens.

Res­i­dents Chris­tine Stewart and San­dra Wil­liams see them reg­u­larly at close quar­ters.

“It’s so nice see­ing them move around Beech­worth at this time of year,” Chris­tine said.

“A few have been sighted up in the main street area as well.

“We do hear them grunt­ing at night ( bucks com­pet­ing for doe at­ten­tion) when they are mov­ing around.”

Chris­tine said one of the key ac­tions in the Lake Sam­bell man­age­ment plan was the preser­va­tion and en­hance­ment of na­tive species veg­e­ta­tion in the Ro­tary Park and boat ramp precinct for koala habi­tat.

She said the plan listed the re­moval of pines and their re­place­ment with “ap­pro­pri­ate ri­par­ian species”

San­dra said koalas were reg­u­lars in an around Jarvis Road and one had been seen now and again wan­der­ing around Lower Stan­ley Road.

She said one koala had reg­u­larly vis­ited her prop­erty between October and Novem­ber in years past.

“They are mostly ju­ve­niles who have been thrown out of home to make their own way in the world,” she said.

PHOTO: Chris­tine Stewart.

TREEWARD: A young buck climbs a eu­ca­lypt in Lake Sam­bell re­serve late last week.

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