The red fox in Tasmania, an incursion waiting to happen.

Tasmania’s high risk of continued red fox incursions and consequent establishment comes from a number of factors, some common to the issue of introductions, some specific to Tasmania.

Foxes themselves; their physical, ecological and behavioural flexibilities are important. They are extremely adaptable animals the pups of which can be mistaken for dogs and which some dogs will foster making smuggling easier. High fox densities in Victoria makes foxes easily available for malicious introduction and may give strong incentive for dispersal and active foraging which can contribute to ‘accidents’ such as foxes entering containers. The proximity of Victoria makes the survival of foxes in transit highly likely and increases the options for both accidents and malicious introduction.

Author Bloomfield, T. E., Mooney, N. and Emms, C.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasion Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Institution VIC Department of Sustainability and Environment
Pages 299-300
Region TAS
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