Koala breeding season has started early this year with koalas already on the move across the Redlands.
The Koala Action Group (KAG) is urging the community to help their neighbourhood koalas by slowing down and driving carefully at night.
They also suggest keeping pet dogs inside or confined to a secure area overnight.
KAG president Debbie Pointing said the reason behind the early breeding season was unknown but was also being seen in areas outside Redlands.
“Right now, you can encounter koalas in the Redlands anywhere and quite unexpectedly,” she said.
“The younger males who are trying to find new territory are especially vulnerable to car strikes and dog attacks.
“Just because you don’t have trees in your yard it doesn’t mean a koala won’t cross your yard to get to a tree.”
Koalas were seen crossing roads and turning up in unexpected places before breeding season, which typically spans July to December.
This busy time for koalas is also a dangerous time as they become more active in moving around to find a mate.
Koala Action Group said to call Redlands Wildlife Rescue if a koala was seen sitting at the base of a tree or very low down, as this generally meant they were unwell or injured.
If a koala appears sick or injured call Redlands Wildlife Rescue on 3833 4031, which is open 24 hours.