The shocking number of koala deaths in the region has made headlines in the UK, where the tabloid Daily Mail has published an image of four dead animals saying it "highlights the growing threat posed to the native animal in parts of Australia".

Seven koalas have been killed in Byron Shire in the past two months, including a big healthy male hit by a car on Ewingsdale Road. Others have died from dog attacks because irresponsible road-building and tree-felling forces them out of their safe habitat.