This wombat was euthinased by the ACT Government. It was blind, deaf and feeding in daylight. As you can see, it has a terminal case of mange. Standard procedure in parks and reserves of the ACT, is to shoot badly infected animals. Then dispose of on site. “On site. Out of sight”. The reality translates to dragging into a tree line. This wombat was dragged to a fence, beside a recreational road and left to rot. It is 2m from its trail used by other wombats. Its already had its ear chewed off by a fox.
The plight of wombats with mange has been an ongoing concern for many years.
Mange is not a disease but an infestation of the mange mite. The mites burrow under the skin where they deposit eggs, this causes intense discomfort and over time thick plaques that look like scabs and ridges form over the wombats body. These plaques become dry and split open, then the wounds become infected and flyblown.
The same small mite, sarcoptes scabiei, the same mite which causes mange in dogs and other animals and scabies in humans. The mite is transferred by contact. Leaving infected wombats in the open is spreading mange further to other wild life.. or your dog, out walking.
The ACT Government has no management plans for wombats other than pest control. Dumping dead infectious wombats in public places is taking the piss. Its happening all the time. Have you seen it happen? If you see a wombat with mange, you should report its location too Canberra Connect, AND GO GET A SHOVEL.