A property owner and two companies in Australia were charged after a land-clearing operation left dozens of the marsupials dead, injured or starving.

The authorities discovered dozens of dead, injured or starving koalas on private property in Cape Bridgewater in southwest Victoria in February of last year, after the landowner and a forest and earth-moving business cleared their habitat, the state’s conservation regulator said in a statement on Wednesday. according to the New York Times.

The operation wreaked havoc on more than 200 koalas, causing “unreasonable pain or suffering to dozens,” the regulator said.

Animal activists said that trees had been bulldozed with the koalas still in them.

“Some were killed instantly, their bodies found trapped under heavy branches or strewn amongst piles of felled trees,” according to the conservation group Animals Australia, which sent veterinarians to the scene. “Some suffered traumatic injuries and broken bones. Some were orphaned, and others were found huddled together in the few remaining trees left on the property.”

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