Simon Bevilacqua, Sunday Tasmanian

SLACK biosecurity is to blame for a large and dispersed population of foxes in Tasmania, says the Tasmanian Conservation Trust. Either that or there is an ongoing hoax, it says.  After assessing the evidence, the trust says these are the two most likely scenarios. “The picture doesn’t look good either way,” said spokesman Craig Woodfield. “Even if foxes aren’t here in numbers, a culture that considers hoaxing to be acceptable behaviour and a biosecurity cordon that is literally full of holes means they could well be here soon. “It won’t be long, certainly in my lifetime, and the (wildlife) extinctions will begin.” There have been more than 100 reported fox sightings.

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