Wombats dumped.

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.
F_Frank F_Frank 2:17 pm 07 Nov 13

Below is a letter from The Chief Minister dated 2010. I observe hearsay, misinformation and no idea..The omission being, in the ACT we leave the wombat to rot.

““Observations by researchers and rangers suggest the incidence of wombats with obvious signs of manage is lower in the ACT than in some other areas. Severely infested wombats that are brought to the attention of rangers are euthanased. Whilst medications are available to kill sarcoptic mites, the experience of rangers is that wombats given medications, such as Ivermectin, recover from mange in the short term but subsequently become reinfested.”

Jon Stanhope MLA Chief Minister
Bulletin31 Wombat Protection Society of Australia 31 June 2010″

F_Frank F_Frank 10:22 am 30 Oct 13

Mange Management has this to say on Disposal.

Procedure for the Disposal of a Wombat Body

If you see a mangy wombat get advice from an informed authority such as the Mange Management Group, your local Wildlife Shelter, Help for Wildlife ( In the ACT phone: Canberra Connect.)

It is sad that sometimes the kindest outcome for a mangy wombat is to euthanize to stop prolonged suffering. This would be evident if the wombat has open wounds and a dead rotting smell which would indicate secondary infection. This can be carried out humanely by a trained wildlife carer/rescuer.
When a mange infested wombat has died, the mange mites will be looking for a new host. These mites are active for up to three weeks after the wombat has died. Be aware that if you leave the body exposed for any period of time the mange mites will spread. It is important to dispose of the body immediately and always wear gloves. Mange can be transferred to humans, but if appropriate caution is taken this is unlikely. If infected treatment is available from the chemist.

Remember any animal that attacks/investigates the dead wombat’s body is likely to become infested with the mites and the cycle will start all over again.

If you find a mangy dead wombat on your property it needs to be disposed of immediately. Disposal of the wombat’s body is the landowner’s responsibility. Body bags can be supplied by the Mange Management Group or your local vet.
Option 1. Bury or burn the body completely. Lime will help with the decomposition.
Option 2. Most vets will dispose of the body free of charge if placed in a body bag and
sealed. Check with your local vet beforehand.
Enquiries: Mange Management Group Ph:03 59 428 518 or email:Maryknoll@aapt.net.au

“http://www.mangemanagement.org.au/ :(VIC) The Future of the Wombat is in our hands. We can’t as a responsible nation let mange continue its destruction of the wombat population and do nothing to ease the suffering. Mange Management is here to educate and provide support with help, knowledge and the tools for mange treatment.”

Robertson Robertson 10:32 am 29 Oct 13

Here’s hoping the fox got infected at least.

BimboGeek 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?

Pitchka 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.

    johnboy johnboy 9:06 am 29 Oct 13

    Pretty sure the suggestion is to dispose of the mangy carcasses

F_Frank 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 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 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 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 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 gazket 4:47 pm 28 Oct 13

how do they know who shot Fatso .

HiddenDragon 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 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 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 Genie 3:50 pm 28 Oct 13

Arrggg WARNING – graffic image..

gospeedygo gospeedygo 3:30 pm 28 Oct 13

Welp. I’m done eating for a while.

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