Woman attacked by kangaroo on popular Gold Coast golf club

A woman has been hospitalized after being targeted by a kangaroo at a popular Gold Coast golf club, where other golfers have reported ongoing attacks.

Mary Kohler, 64, was playing golf with a group of friends when a kangaroo attacked her at the Arundel Hills Country Club two weeks ago, leaving her with bleeding gashes along her neck and back.

“I could feel the pounding and the scratching,” Kohler said.

Mary Kohler, 64, was playing golf with a group of friends when a kangaroo attacked her.
Mary Kohler, 64, was playing golf with a group of friends when a kangaroo attacked her. (9News)
Members say nothing has been done about the kangaroos.
Members say nothing has been done about the kangaroos. (9News)

“I was screaming for help… my playing partners heard my cries and rushed to help.

“One of my girlfriends jumped out of the cart with a golf club and pounded the kangaroo off my back.

“It was quite terrifying. At this stage I didn’t realize the extent of my injuries.”

Staff at the golf club confirmed the kangaroos were getting out of hand, with more golfers forced to fend the animals off with their clubs.

Staff at the golf club confirmed the kangaroos were getting out of hand.
Staff at the golf club confirmed the kangaroos were getting out of hand. (9News)

In a video posted to Facebook, a club member is heard telling staff about the ongoing attacks.

“A roo has attacked 15 people now,” he is heard saying.

“What are you going to do, let a roo keep attacking people? What if it attacks a kid and kills it?”

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Members said despite ongoing complaints to the club over the last few years, nothing has been done about the kangaroos.

  other golfers have reported ongoing attacks.
Other golfers have reported ongoing attacks. (9News)

While the club has signs warning golfers not to approach the kangaroos, they appear in large numbers throughout the course.

9News reached out to the Arundel Hills Country Club for comment but they did not respond.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife say the club is private property, however they’ve notified the club they must call animal specialists to relocate any dangerous kangaroos.

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