Managing Wildlife Browsing and Grazing Losses

Damage by wildlife can result in significant costs to Tasmania's primary producers. The Department assists land managers to develop and implement effective integrated damage control strategies.

In this Topic

  • Planning to Control Losses Caused by Wallabies and Possums
    Assistance is available to landowners to manage the damage and losses caused by wallabies and possums.
  • Wallaby Fencing
    ​Fencing is a cost effective method for controlling wallabies and pademelons entering a property, but should be undertaken in conjunction with other control methods such as shooting, trapping, and the judicious use of 1080 poison.
  • Shooting to Control Wallabies and Possums
    Effective shooting should be part of an integrated browsing management approach, which combined with fencing and other tools can provide great returns for your investment.
  • Trapping to Control Wallabies and Possums
    Trapping is only effective for brushtail possums and Tasmanian pademelons (rufous wallaby). It is not an effective tool for Bennett’s wallabies which are very trap shy.
  • Using 1080 Poison as a Last Resort to Control Wallabies and Possums
    When properly managed, 1080 poison can be used as a limited tool for the initial knock-down to get back on top of browser numbers before constructing wallaby proof fencing and using ongoing alternate wildlife management tools.
  • Property-Based Wildlife Management Plans
    Property-specific documents outline how game species will be managed on properties.
  • Crop Protection Permits
    A owner or manager is required to hold a crop protection permit to shoot, poison or trap (then shoot) wildlife causing damage to pasture and crops. A combined permit is issued for Bennetts and rufous wallaby and brushtail possum. Individual permits are issued for other species.


Game Services Tasmania
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 1300 292 292