Wombat Mange

​​​​​​​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.
These points have been covered in more detail on the page below, and on the frequently asked questions and monitoring data​ pages. There is also a wombat mange information sheet available.



Strategies to mitigate effects

DPIPWE 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   (409Kb)​




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   (208Kb)

  Wombat Mange Information Sheet   (262Kb)

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:


Please note: 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.


Reimbursement of mange treatment costs

​Community groups or individuals actively involved in caring for wombats affected by mange may be eligible for the reimbursement of costs associated with the treatment of mange (up to a total of $3,000).

Reimbursements will be considered for eligible recipients for costs incurred from 13 March 2017. 

Applicants are required to retain their receipts for a period of two years.
To be considered eligible for any reimbursement of costs applicants will need to have obtained the appropriate permits including: 
  • Mange Management Incorporated APVMA sub-permit; and
     

  • Nature Conservation Act permit/s to take and or possess wombats.

Other information sources



Contact

Wildlife Management Branch
200 Collins Street
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6173 0253
Email: wildlife.reception@dpipwe.tas.gov.au