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      CommentAuthorliamshiels
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    Why the fuck is the Koala listed as threatened by the US Government ?
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    From your link;

    SUMMARY: The Service determines threatened status for the Australian koala under the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) as amended. The eucalyptus forest and woodland ecosystems on which this arboreal marsupial depends have been greatly reduced. Despite several conservation actions by the Government of Australia and State governments, the limited koala habitat continues to deteriorate. The species also is threatened byfragmentation of the habitat thatremains, disease, loss of genetic variation, and death by dogs and motorvehicles due to development.


    "Threatened" is actually one of thee lowest categories of assessed risk and might mean, for example, that there's insufficient information to say the population is stable or that while the population is still large it appeatrs to be declinign rapidly.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    Because koalas are bastards. Despite their cuteness, they are bastards. Also, Americans think everything belong to them. And koalas - thin on the ground in the U.S. Despite their cuteness. The bastards.
    • CommentAuthorjohnplatt
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    Just because a species isn't in U.S. territory doesn't mean the U.S. has no impact on it. This in theory allows the U.S. to restrict koala imports from Australia, and restricts U.S. govt agencies from spending money that would impact koala habitats.
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      CommentAuthorindysleaze
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    Why are koalas threatened in the US?

    Simple...

    DEATH BEARS!
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      CommentAuthorLBA
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    because they're tasty!
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    i TOLD YOU they were Bastards.
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    Koalas are fruit. no-one likes fruit. Also; they smell of stale breath mints. bastards.
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      CommentAuthorEdwin
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    Yeah, and if you follow the "axis of Evil" to it's ultimate end, you'll find koala's eating eucalyptus leaves from baby skulls.
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    I hate Koalas so much that my ex-girlfriend a few years ago forever immortalized that sentiment for my bedroom.

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      CommentAuthorliamshiels
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    @Johnplatt - controlling imports of koala and koala related products makes a lot of sense, thanks for clearing it up.

    Funny thing is, we Aussies wouldn't even bother with such a notion when we can pretty much do whatever we want on imports under the grounds of Quarantine.

    And for clearing that up, I give you the Koala Mating Call
    • CommentAuthorVermilious
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    That is by far one of the more foul noises that I have heard in quite some time.
    • CommentAuthorRictus
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2009
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    Get to the chopper!
    • CommentAuthorjohnplatt
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2009
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    Holy cow, get that koala some Maalox!