Re: Tasmanian Foxes

Subject: Re: Tasmanian Foxes
From: "Paul Coddington" <>
Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2002 01:33:04 +0000

I see that Robert Read has had a letter on the problems of Tasmanian foxes published in The Australian newspaper. Good work, Robert!

Paul Coddington
Adelaide, South Australia

From: "Robert Read" <>
Reply-To: "Robert Read" <>
To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] (BIRDING-AUS) Tasmanian Foxes
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 20:30:41 +0930

G'day all,

I notice that interest in Tasmanian foxes has died out quickly on this
mailing list.
This is one of the most important conservation issues we are faced with.
A detailed easily available source of informantion is the transcript of an
interview with Peter Mooney, head of the Tamanian Fox Task Force, broadcast
on Earthbeat on 24/11/01, and available at
Further information can be found on the Tamanian Fox Task Force website at

As far as I can find only two foxes have been shot, both by private hunters.
There have been a number of sightings.
The Australian of 16/02/02 quoted Professor Short of Melbourne University as saying,". it's going to require more money and resources than Tasmanians can

In other words it is going to need Federal support.
Getting rid of these foxes will be very expensive, but far cheaper than the
long-term cost of intervening to save the species that will become
endangered if the foxes become established.

Once again I urge all birding-aus'ers to write to the Minister of
Environment asking for urging Federal support for the Tasmanians.  The
address is

The Hon Dr David Kemp

Minister for Environment

368 Centre Road Bentleigh

Vic 3204

Write to your local Federal MP as well.  If you care about conservation do
this now.  Politicians my have a limited grasp of environmental issues but
they can count the letters in their mail boxes.  If you don't know what to
say email me and I will send you a draft.


Robert Read

Alice Springs

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