Wombat mange at a glance
Wombat mange has affected Tasmanian wombats for over 100 years and occurs widely across the State.
Research shows that in most areas an average of only 1% of Tasmania's wombats are visibly affected by mange, but localised outbreaks occur.
Wombat numbers are growing and have increased over the last 30 years.
Tasmania's wombats are not at risk of becoming endangered or extinct.
Wombats develop skin irritations for reasons other than mange including digging, fighting, mating, vegetation and fungal infections.
There is no effective method to eradicate mange from the wild.
Strategies to mitigate effectsDPIPWE is working with the University of Tasmania and the local community to better understand the causes that lead to mange outbreaks. They are also working to develop better treatment of wild wombats affected by mange.
Specific actions that have been undertaken by DPIPWE relating to wombat status include:
- Analysis of Statewide and regional wombat population trends using the past 30 years of spotlight survey data;
Surveys to assess the prevalence of mange;
- Several research projects conducted by UTAS under permits provided by DPIPWE;
- The Orphaned and Injured Wildlife Program continues to assist the public by providing advice on managing treatment of affected wombats;
- Working with the community to ensure that treatments are properly dispensed and documented to assess effectiveness;
- Allocation of funds for distribution to community groups and individuals involved in the treatment of mange-infected wombats;
- Allocation of funds for the University of Tasmania and volunteers from Conservation Volunteers Australia; and
- Development of Mange Treatment Protocols:
Mange Treatment Protocols
How can I help?
There are many ways you can help:
Report observations of injured wombats or wombats with mange to DPIPWE;
Drive carefully in “wombat country” to reduce the number of wombats killed or injured by cars;
Use non-lethal methods to manage wombats on agricultural land, including “wombat gates” to allow their passage through fences, while excluding wallabies from grazing on pastures and crops; and
Prevent dogs from roaming in areas where wombats occur.
If you would like information material about mange to display and hand out we have the following resources available:
Wombat Mange A3 Poster
Wombat Mange Information Sheet
Treating mange-affected wombats
If you would like to treat a mange-affected wombat in your area, please contact DPIPWE for advice before commencing treatment.
DPIPWE staff can then assess:
- Whether the wombat you want to treat has mange or not - providing images of the wombat is very helpful to assess this;
- An appropriate treatment method;
- What permits will be required and how to obtain permits (treatment using Cydectin requires a
permit from the APVMA);
- How to contact experienced carers.
If you have experience in treating wombats for mange and wish to apply for a permit to use the pole and scoop method, please download the following application form:
using sulphur compounds, including lime sulphur and yellow powdered sulphur, are not considered suitable as a treatment for mange in wombats. Veterinary advice on why topical application of Cydectin is the recommended treatment is detailed on the
Frequently Asked Questions page.
Other information sources