Are koalas dangerous?
Koalas are not dangerous, but they should not be approached in the wild. If cornered, they can scratch quite severely, but they are no match for people who sometimes choose to torture them. They are quite helpless against predators such as unrestrained, vicious dogs.
Older koalas are generally too large for predators. The main predators in trees are creatures such as quolls and pythons, but these do not prey on adult koalas. The main predators of adult koalas are on the ground. Dogs are particularly dangerous for koalas, but they cannot climb trees, so the only time adult koalas are in danger is when they are on the ground, moving between their home trees.
The correct name for e so-called native cat is "quoll". these animals, which are marsupials (like koalas) do not generally pose a risk to koalas. Koalas and quolls are around the same size, and quolls a unlikely to challenge adult koalas, or to even try and take a joey from a female koala's back. However, quolls are certainly a threat to juvenile koalas which have only just left their mothers. Non-native, feral cats are considerably…
One of the main predators of koalas are dingoes, and there are no dingoes on Kangaroo Island. Large areas of Kangaroo Island are protected, which means there are limits to where and how many domestic pets people can have. Feral cats and domestic dogs are two of the biggest killers of koalas. Another dangerous introduced species for koalas is the fox, but strict controls have meant there are no foxes on Kangaroo Island.
There are few natural predators of the koala. Young koalas are vulnerable to owls or pythons. These attacks rare and are insignificant compared to the human related threats and impacts. The main predation of koalas these days comes from introduced ferals like the Fox and from domestic pets. Dogs in suburban areas are particularly dangerous, attacking and killing koalas. Goannas, dingoes, powerful owls, wedge-tailed eagles and other birds of prey, pythons, and foxes all eat…
Koalas' predators are dogs, foxes, and they also face danger from cars. Some major highways passing through their habitat have wire mesh at intervals along the concrete barriers that divide the road so koalas can climb over. Regrettably, they still are killed as they are very slow moving. Koalas are also in danger from the disease chlamydia.