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Wombats: wilful cousins of koalas? (series)
A sorry site: Glenbog State Forest

Evan Quartermain, Program Manager for Humane Society International, digs up the tragic story of forest logging and its effects on the Bare-nosed wombat.
Living on burrowed time?

Sarcoptic mange is having a devastating effect on the Common wombat. Rather like human scabies, it is caused by parasitic mites. It is not known how it originated in Australia, possibly with the arrival of the dingo or far more recently with the introduction of domestic livestock. For wombats, the main vector of the disease is the feral European red fox. The mites can survive for up to three weeks without a host, so when a fox leaves a burrow and a wombat takes up residence, the mites have found a handy host.
Wombats and Sarcoptic Mange

Sarcoptic mange is caused by the same parasitic mite that causes scabies in people. The mite burrows into the skin and causes a thick crust and hair loss. The crust can crack and break through the skin, leading to infections and fly strike. The crust is very itchy and the animals spend a lot of time scratching. These effects are a major energy drain and the wombats gradually become emaciated, very weak and die. By the 1930s, the effects were so severe that Common Wombat population numbers went from being ‘abundant’ to rare, or in some areas, totally absent.
 

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