A fox skull has been found in Tasmania’s Central Highlands.
The Department of Primary Industries says the skull was found by a member of the public near Interlaken, between December 2008 and March 2009, and handed to a Fox Eradication officer in July last year.
A subsequent search failed to find further evidence of foxes.
However, the Department says there had been fox sightings in the Interlaken area earlier last year, including the discovery of a fox scat in May 2009.
The skull, which doesn’t have its lower jaw, was confirmed as a fox skull using DNA analysis at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
It will now be tested further to determine its age and genetic profile, or genotype.
Historically, Tasmania has been fox-free.
However, in 1999 one of the animals was seen jumping from a container ship at the north-west port of Burnie.
Since then a number of fox scats have been found throughout the state.
Some Tasmanians have remained sceptical that foxes exist in the state, but late last year a parliamentary committee inquiring into the matter concluded that there is an established population in Tasmania.