Mating season brings out koalas
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.
TREEWARD: A young buck climbs a eucalypt in Lake Sambell reserve late last week.