What can be done?
The good news is mange is treatable in individual wombats!
Wombat Rescue Tasmania volunteers operate under a permit system issued from The Mange Management Inc. and DPIPWE guidelines. Many volunteers are working in the field around Tasmania to promote and deliver the treatment required for individual wombats in the wild wherever possible instead of euthanasia. The effects of mange are reversible, and after 12 treatments, the scabs drop off, hearing and sight is restored and the wombat’s fur grows back!
However, reinfestation is often highly likely, so constant monitoring is necessary to ensure that treated wombats remain healthy.
Unless eliminated, wildlife carers view sarcoptic mange as the key threat to the long-term viability of the wombat species, especially given other current threats such as climate change and habitat loss, are causing crowded conditions that are ripe for mange mites to spread. In the absence of any government task force to deliver a treatment program, it has been left to the public to respond to this crisis.