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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.More

Disease Affecting Tasmanian Devils

08/10/2004

Tasmania's most famous and iconic animal, the Tasmanian Devil, faces a devastating disease which is sweeping through the devil population. Like many infectious diseases it appears to be density-dependent. It kills nearly more than 90% of adults in high density areas and 40-50% in medium-low density areas.

The disease, which doesn't seem to be affecting other species, is a cancer most likely caused by a virus. Adult males are the first affected, then adult females. Once symptoms are obvious, tumours spread throughout the body and the infected devil dies within months.

This disease was first noticed in the mid-1990s but has become more prevalent and has now been recorded through the east, north east, south east, midlands and on the edges of the highlands.

The Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment's web site provides details on the disease and the efforts being made to combat it.