Koala mowed down by golf buggy in gruesome hit-and-run
STAFF at a Sunshine Coast golf club have been left distraught after a koala was struck and killed on the course.
A large male koala was run over by golf buggy at Noosa Springs golf course on Friday with a blood trail left from the driving path to where he crawled and eventually died.
General manager Mark Brady said the death had a major impact on staff and the club's dedication to preserving the surrounding environment made it all the more upsetting.
"It's something we're really careful of, our flora and fauna here," Mr Brady said.
"We've actually got an area we prepared near the park where koalas get released.
"We're really disappointed that who ever did it didn't stop and let us know."
The Noosa Springs golf club is currently undertaking an internal investigation to determine the culprit.
Mr Brady said while "terrible accidents do happen", he'd appreciate anyone involved coming forward.
Local wildlife rescuer Ray Chambers previously told the Daily the death was "disappointing", particularly because golf courses were generally considered safe havens for koalas.
"Golf courses these days are safe, relocatable areas because they've got bush and they're away from road traffic," Mr Chambers said.
The RSPCA is not investigating the incident.