Outfoxed

Terry Marter

Renmark, Australia

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*There are fewer than 1,000 Numbats left in the wild. This is less than the number of orangutans in Sumatra and even less than the number of Giant Pandas in Asia. *
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Extract from Wikipedia.

Feral foxes in Australia
The founder populations were a pair released 20 km from Ballarat in 1871 and several more on Point Cook. By 1880, the latter population spread up to Corio Bay and linked up with the Ballarat foxes. In less than a decade, the foxes had colonised 13,000 km² of Victoria, and by 1893, the first fox bounties were established. They established themselves in southern Queensland by 1911. Australian red foxes now occur principally throughout mainland Australia, save for northern Queensland and the Northern Territory. The spread of red foxes across southern Australia coincided with declines in the distribution of several medium-sized ground-dwelling mammals, including brush-tailed bettongs, burrowing bettongs, rufous bettongs, Tasmanian bettongs, bilbys, numbats, bridled nailtail wallabys and quokkas. Most of these species are now limited to islands where red foxes are absent or rare. Semi-arboreal species affected by fox predation include brush-tailed and western ringtail possums. Australian foxes are usually controlled with baits or the animals shot with the aid of spotlighting. The eyeshine signature of foxes, and body shape and silhouette are used to identify them. Success has also been found with the reintroduction of the dingo, which has been shown to control the number of wild foxes, and a consequential increase in native fauna.

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