Shooting healthy wombats instead of implementing non-lethal land management practices, such as wombat gates, cannot be condoned. WRT worked in conjunction with Wombat Warriors to put pressure on the Tasmanian Government to stop issuing farmers and landowners with cull permits. Every cull permit was a licence to shoot 50 wombats. Wombat Warriors released a change.org petition on Facebook on Sunday, 11th June 2017, targeting the then minister, Jeremy Rockliff to ‘STOP Government sanctioned wombat culling’. See the short video with a link to the petition.
WRT create public campaign to reduce roadkill
Slow down between dusk and dawn. It is heartbreaking to see healthy wombats being killed on our roads. It is also very distressing to see mange victims that are showing signs of recovery, after being treated by volunteers, then be run over by a car. Your actions can save wombat lives! If it is safe to do so, pull over to check to see if the wombat is deceased and whether has a joey in the pouch. It is best practice to remove road kill off the road to avoid other animals being hit.
Pull the deceased wombat off the road by the front legs and roll it over on its back to check whether it is male or female. It is a good idea to keep gloves in the car for handling the wombat, and a pillow case or warm soft beanie in case of an orphan.
Call Bonorong Wildlife Rescue on 0447 264 625 for more immediate help if there is a joey, or the wombat is injured. There are special requirements for wildlife, and if not trained, it is far better to seek advice and support.
WRT provides education in the community
WRT provides presentations on how mange impacts our wombats at schools, board rooms, and community groups.