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Wombats dumped.

By F_Frank - 28 October 2013 17

wombat with mange

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.

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17 Responses to
Wombats dumped.
Robertson 10:32 am 29 Oct 13

Here’s hoping the fox got infected at least.

BimboGeek 9:23 am 29 Oct 13

I ask myself several times a day, “did this person actually go to primary school?” Here is another great example. Ask any little kid why we bury dead people and they’ll give you a handful of good answers. Ask them what else they should bury if they are out in the forest and again they know about poo, biodegradable rubbish and so on. Or at least, we were taught such things in redneck primary school as part of “General Studies” as required by the Victorian education department. Are these guys actually finding worse schools to attend or is a primary school education considered something best avoided when hiring?

johnboy 9:06 am 29 Oct 13

Pretty sure the suggestion is to dispose of the mangy carcasses

Pitchka 9:04 am 29 Oct 13

So you suggest they dont shot the sick animals, but instead let them die a slow and painful death? Your logic is flawed.

F_Frank 8:34 am 29 Oct 13

The “bat” is only a couple day old. Mange was introduced with foxs and dogs. The first documented case was in London in the 1850s with a pet wombat. Whilst treating a wild population for mange might be dificult, land owner who have put in an effort have had some very good results.

The issue here is that the ACT government dumps ALL wombats shot, on site, in the open. This is in public recreational places. This is within the range of other burrows. This wombat has a massive load of mange, that can infect other hosts, in a large dose. The cycle continues. Ask a vet what he would do with an mange infected carcus. Ask a farmer. Leaving wombats to rot in the open is maintaining mange.

460cixy 10:53 pm 28 Oct 13

And your problem is what exactly? That bat has been there for quite some time by the looks and I have seen thousands of wombats with mange over the years and the best thing for them is a bullet

poetix 9:57 pm 28 Oct 13

Was this type of mange always prevalent in native animals, or was it introduced?

If a wombat was found with mange in a less developed stage than this poor creature, could it be treated? I know dogs affected with mange can be treated.

bigfeet 6:15 pm 28 Oct 13

This is just disgusting.

Not the culling/euthanising of sick animals. I have no problem with that at all.

But to then allow an infected animal carcass to just rot away and continue spreading the disease you are culling for in the first place is at best irresponsible and at worst criminal.

breda 5:30 pm 28 Oct 13

gazket, I got to know a couple of members of the cast of A Country Practice. They were terrified of Fatso, who, like most adult male wombats, was aggressive and very strong.

gazket 4:47 pm 28 Oct 13

how do they know who shot Fatso .

HiddenDragon 4:29 pm 28 Oct 13

If it was a Wombat in Formaldehyde, a la Hirst, there’d probably be public funds for it.

poetix 4:09 pm 28 Oct 13

gospeedygo said :

Welp. I’m done eating for a while.

Was the ear a little over-ripe?

JazzyJess 4:09 pm 28 Oct 13

Well this is gross and horrible. I’ve been annoyed in the past by TAMS refusal to pick up dead animals. Rotting carcasses is a community health hazard and I find if you ring and report it enough (i.e. 3 or more) times they usually make an effort to remove it.

Genie 3:50 pm 28 Oct 13

Arrggg WARNING – graffic image..

gospeedygo 3:30 pm 28 Oct 13

Welp. I’m done eating for a while.

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