Dogs can attack, seriously harm, and stress koalas. Never allow your dog to interact or 'play' with a koala, and always walk your dog on a leash unless you're in a designated off-leash area.
If you’re a dog owner, there are a number of ways you can help to reduce the impact your dog may have on koalas and their habitat.
Video by Byron Shire Council as part of their award-winning "Bow wow leash me now!" dog owner behaviour change campaign. Find out more.
Manage your dog in koala areas
- Keep dogs on leads in areas where there are koalas
- Follow signs and warnings which designate wildlife areas and on leash rules
- Check trees on our near your property before allowing your dog to roam
- Notify your neighbours and other dog walkers of koala sightings in your area
- Be aware that koalas spend more time moving between trees on the ground during mating season (generally September-February)
Keep your backyard safe for koalas
- Install fencing which appropriately secures your dog
- Check for koalas before leaving dogs unattended in your yard
- If a koala enters your yard, put your dog inside your house or garage until the koala has left
- Secure your dog at night, when koalas might enter your yard
- Consider means of escape for koalas or other wildlife which might become trapped
Contact your local council
- Speak to your local council if your see stray or roaming dogs
- Report instances of inappropriate dog ownership to your local council, for example dogs being walked off-leash in designated wildlife areas
- Under the NSW Koala Strategy, the NSW Government is working with local councils to help them address the threat of dog attacks on koalas. Your council may have a program in place and might be able to provide further information or signage