HE’S GOT to be a Tasmanian hero; the person who actually ran down and killed a fox on a Tasmanian road!

After running over the fox, he stopped, looked at it, realised it was a fox and drove off.

Then two and half days later, DPIW Wildlife Management Manager, Gary Davies says this person came forward.

Mr Davies says, “he continued on his way because he did not want to be associated with any ridicule or cynicism which is put about in some quarters on fox reports.”

Mr Davies says he “will respect his confidentiality. Should he choose to inform others at some stage in the future, then that’s his right. The driver has insisted we do not publicly identify him because he does not wish to become the subject of public speculation.”

What sort of speculation?

The Fox Taskforce believes the discovery of this freshly killed fox is the final proof that’s needed to convince Tasmanians that foxes are now established in Tasmania.

That maybe so.

All the more reason to put it beyond doubt.

DPIW should encourage the driver who ran down the fox to go public.

For DPIW to be totally confident that this driver ran down this fox it should check his vehicle forensically.

If the driver decides not to identify himself or provide his vehicle for examination, then the discovery of corroborating evidence from this dead fox linking it to this location or the discovery of more fox evidence from the Glen Esk location will be needed to categorically prove that foxes are present in this part of Tasmania.

Otherwise DPIW assurances and those of the anonymous driver must be taken on trust alone.

 

 

David Obendorf

If the driver decides not to identify himself or provide his vehicle for examination, then the discovery of corroborating evidence from this dead fox linking it to this location or the discovery of more fox evidence from the Glen Esk location will be needed to categorically prove that foxes are present in this part of Tasmania.