Apropos the recent Conara fox incident, critical information has not been forthcoming.

1. Did this dead fox go into ‘rigor mortis’?

This is the term given to the muscle rigidity that occurs within the first few hours after death. It can assist with determining the time of death. As rigor mortis only occurs once soon after death, it provides complete certainty that the death was recent.

What it doesn’t tell you is how or where the death occurred.

2. What fatal injuries in this fox carcass demonstrate unequivocally that this fox was killed by collision with a motor vehicle on Glen Esk Road?

The information provided to me does not rule out other traumatic causes of death.

3. Was the road site of the reported impact inspected and recorded photographically?

4. Has any supporting evidence from THIS SITE come to light linking the discovery of this fox by two farm workers with the Glen Esk site?

5. When DPWI states that ‘a member of the public has identified himself as the driver who hit the fox on the Glen Esk Road’ … does this really mean this person confirmed that he killed a LIVE fox by impact with his vehicle on the Glen Esk Road?

The failure of this individual to identify himself is inexplicable and provides further grounds for suspicion. DPIW has been so adamant in its public media claims on this fox incident, and yet the presentation of individual alone would be so clarifying.

Currently the Department have a report from two farm workers — Jason Powe and Michael Beams (AKA ‘Basil’ on ABC radio) — and a dead fox.

The cause of death, the time of death and the fox’s association with this location have not been proven beyond reasonable doubt.

David Obendorf

The failure of this individual to identify himself is inexplicable and provides further grounds for suspicion. DPIW has been so adamant in its public media claims on this fox incident, and yet the presentation of individual alone would be so clarifying.