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What’s killing our wombats?

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Mange has killed more than half the wombats in a Tasmanian national park. This autumn, University of Tasmania wildlife ecologist Scott Carver will supervise Australia’s first attempt to treat an entire population for the disease, which causes a slow, painful death. Sarcoptic mange is caused by a microscopic mite and is thought to have been brought to Australia by European settlers and their animals, probably dogs. It affects wombats across Australia but has taken a particular hold in Narawntapu National Park near Shearwater and Bakers Beach, northwest of Launceston, where the easy-to-see wombats are a drawcard for visitors.

Read more: http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/whats-killing-our-wombats/story-fnj4f7k1-1227177689876

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