- Thursday, 16 June 2022 at 11:09 pm
An investigation is underway after the plantation operator alerted the Conservation Regulator to the bodies on Tuesday.
The Conservation Regulator is investigating a range of possible causes of death, which could include environmental or human factors. Officers are awaiting the results of a necropsy assessment to help determine the cause of death.
The koala bodies were found in an unharvested area of the plantation and were at varying stages of decomposition.
The maximum penalty for the destruction of protected wildlife is $9,087 and/or six months in prison.
Anyone with information about this incident or other wildlife crimes can make a confidential report to Crime Stoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000.