Reporting Sick / injured or Nuisance Wombats
Wombats because of their noticeable size, habits and reputation. Can be commonly seen as a nuisance around properties. In some regions e.g. Gippsland Victoria this leads to destruction permits to keep their numbers down. Currently wombats also especially the Common Wombat suffer from a mite infestation “mange,” this condition is serious and often extremely distressing for the health and attitude of a victim. In most states there is help available through the wildlife rescue networks. Nuisance wombats may require a DIY approach for people living away from help especially beach-side or rural locations. Urban residents may have the option of professional help to handle a wombat problem. However remember all native wildlife is protected.
Injured wombats are typically car hits, gun shot wounds, orphans and mange. Report all sightings and incidents asap to your local wildlife rescue groups.
Revolve around the residence and farm. The residence may have a visiting or displaced wombat seeking shelter. this can be achieved by digging temporary homes under the house or shed. Wombats will often just make a shallow burrow initially. if you cannot facilitate this or the burrow is extensive. options are you can fill the burrow with handfuls of “blood and Bone,” dog faeces or any other smelling compounds. Wombats are exceptionally hygienic and will often abandons the burrow. Of course it may try the same trick elsewhere nth property repeat same.
On rural locations burrows may be along fence lines or wombats are damaging fences , etc. Initially a wombat flap can be provided to allow the wombat access to the pasture but not damage the fence.
Wombats by nature are not aggressive however when surprised or attacked by people or domestic pets can charge their assailants or sometimes in server cases bite or scratch.
Wombats suffer from a dermatitis mange that causes heavy necrosis, hair loss, itchiness around the derma layer of the skin.The mange mite is spread through direct contact, shared burrows and “post rubbing” The wounds become fly blown, lead to sepsis. Advanced cases of mange often combined observed with daylight wandering, severely stressed wombats with heavily cracking skin especially around the upper body, arms or face, with possible loss of vision.
While currently there are limited ways of treating mange in wombats on a large scale. There exists a few methods of caring for mild cases in care. Sadly many cases of advanced mange are often euthanised for welfare reasons.