Latest Physical Evidence of Foxes in Tasmania
· Fox Behaviour and Ecology
· Identifying Foxes and Signs of their Activity
· Fox Evidence Updates 2001 - 2011
Latest update: 13 March 2012
Physical items collected since 1998 indicate fox activity in Tasmania. Genetic analysis of the evidence collected in Tasmania identifies at least 18 individual foxes in the sample, including male and female animals.
The accumulation of physical items and ongoing reports of fox activity from members of the public indicate foxes continue to be a real and serious threat to Tasmania's environment, agriculture and economy.
Carcasses - 4
Skull - 1
Blood - 1
Footprints - 2
Fox-DNA positive scats - 61
No evidence of fox activity has been collected in Tasmania since July 2011 (see below), which is encouraging that fox eradication will be achieved. However, detecting foxes when they are in low numbers is very difficult and it is important that monitoring continue and the Tasmanian community remain alert for foxes and signs of their activity.
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 unpopulated areas. Foxes have a natural instinct to avoid threats - such as humans - and are wary, elusive and mobile in the landscape. Added to this is the fact Tasmania contains a unique and diverse native wildlife, including three native carnivores, and feral cats, all of which may leave very similar sign to foxes.
Given these factors, the likelihood of discovering evidence of fox activity in the landscape using conventional methods is very low.
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