Tasmanian Fox Hoax or Fraud

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Subject: Tasmanian Fox Hoax or Fraud
From: Ian May <>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2015 10:22:35 +0000
Two relevant reports are

Interestingly however I cannot find another most relevant report, previously available at  It now does not seem to exist.  However I am pretty sure I downloaded a copy several years ago and will post it if I can find it.  It deals with the main recommendations that setup the original funding exercise.

It is interesting to note Tasmanian community reaction to this controversy.  One radio commentator was heard to say "The Great Train Robbery" netted only £2.6 million.

Ian May
St Helens, Tasmania


Andrew Taylor wrote:
Martin Butterfield asked me privately about general availability of
the papers, some are behind paywalls with only abstracts.
As others might be interested I've listed them below.

The "review" group (Marks et al) have most of their papers here:

The focus of much of their criticism was this 2012  paper from Sarre et
al, suggesting foxes were widespread in Tasmania:

More recent papers from Sarre et al.  responding/relevant to
criticism of their work:

This is also worth a read:

FWIW it loooks to me if Marks et al (the review group)  were incorrect
in at least some of their  criticisms.   But given the absence of 2011
fox observations its (thankfully) looking like Sarre et al. were also
incorrect in suggesting foxes were widespread in 2012.


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