Latest Physical Evidence of Foxes in Tasmania
Latest update: 13 March 2012
Physical Evidence of Fox Activity Collected in Tasmania (since 1998)
Carcasses - 4
Skull - 1
Blood - 1
Footprints - 2
Fox Positive Scats - 61
Searching for physical evidence of fox activity poses unique challenges in the unique Tasmanian landscape. Tasmania is an island of over 60,000 sq km that contains large areas of wilderness and other generally unpopulated areas. Foxes have a natural instinct to avoid threats - such as humans - and are highly mobile, wary and elusive. Added to this is the fact Tasmania contains a unique and diverse native wildlife, including three native carnivores that may leave very similar sign to those of foxes. Given these factors, the likelihood of discovering evidence of fox activity in the landscape using conventional methods is very low.
It is impossible to accurately estimate the density of the Tasmanian fox population. From the physical evidence it might be as low as one fox per 500 km2. Research in other parts of the world shows that once foxes are at a density of one per 25 km2 they are nearly impossible to find; once at a density of one per 40 km2 the chances of finding them virtually collapse. This clearly illustrates the difficulties faced in locating physical evidence of fox activity in Tasmania.
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