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We have it on the highest authority that the habitat of the Tasmanian Fox has been gloriously reduced by half.

How good is that!


‘The area of “core fox habitat” in the State is approximately 1.5 million hectares.’ [Craig Williams, Community Engagement Section Leader with the Fox Eradication Program, 3 January 2011]


They cannot be photographed because: ‘...the fox is a highly intelligent, wary and elusive animal. It can be seen that the chance of obtaining a photograph is extremely small.’ [Craig Williams, Community Engagement Section Leader with the Fox Eradication Program, 3 January 2011]


And the rest of our wildlife in Tasmania are safe from poisoning because: ‘Sodium fluoroacetate (1080) is a naturally occurring chemical found in some plants as a natural defence against over-grazing. Australia’s native animals, including those in Tasmania, have a higher tolerance to fluoroacetate than canids (dogs and foxes). When this toxin is used in large dosages it is a knockdown poison, however when used in very small dosages it becomes species selective due to the high susceptibility of foxes to the toxin.’  [Craig Williams, Community Engagement Section Leader with the Fox Eradication Program, 3 January 2011]


It is only in Taz-mania that these things happen ...


*Picture: ... from comments, HERE