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The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) has recently been introduced into Tasmania. This efficient, adaptable predator is recognised nationally as the single most devastating introduced pest and threat to Australia's native land animals.

The Tasmanian Government has established the Fox Free Tasmania Taskforce to implement a long-term eradication program to eradicate any foxes that may be in Tasmania now, and to ensure foxes are never introduced here again. The public are urged to report fox sightings and other evidence to the FOX HOTLINE 1300 FOX OUT (1300 369 688).

For full details on the fox issue, please see the Fox Free Tasmania Taskforce web pages of the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment.

Australia has the worst record of mammalian extinctions of any country in the world. One of the main causes for this unenviable record is the introduced fox.

Tasmania, in stark contrast to all other States and Territories has lost only one species of mammal since white settlement - the Tasmanian tiger. Tasmania is the final refuge for a long, sad list of species that have recently succumbed on the mainland, such as the eastern quoll, bettong and pademelon. Other species, such as the barred bandicoot, occur in good numbers in Tasmania, but are on the verge of extinction on the mainland.

One of the main reasons why Tasmania has such an intact native fauna is the absence, until recently, of the fox in this State.

Similarly, the fox has an enormous impact on agriculture. This beomes clear when one considers that domestic stock comprises 80% of all food eaten by the estimated 10-30 million foxes which occur on mainland Australia.

Should the fox become established in Tasmania, our native wildlife could be decimated and a major part of Tasmania's "natural advantage" could be lost forever. Clearly, the possibility of the fox becoming established in Tasmania is of grave concern to all Tasmanians.

Further details can be found at our wildlife pages, at "Foxes in Tasmania - A Grave Threat to our Wildlife"

Foxes in Tasmania
Foxes in Tasmania

A fox takes a barred bandicoot, a species on the verge of extinction on mainland Australia