The Tasmanian Greens would immediately ban crop protection permits granted to kill wombats if they were elected.
In the Protecting Tasmania’s Wombats Tackling Sarcoptic Mange policy announced on Saturday, the greens a severe outbreak of wombat mange since 2010 has led to a likely extinction of the population in Narawntapu National Park.
The party would fund a treatment trial, currently being conducted by the University of Tasmania, costing about $500,000 and increase Parks and Wildlife Funding by $350,000 a year.
“We would provide $200,000 for research into the contributing causes of wombat mange outbreaks, and would investigate the feasibility of transmission barriers at outbreak sites,” Greens spokesperson Andrea Dawkins said.
“Sarcoptic mange in wombats is a slow, debilitating, painful death, and we need to stop it in its tracks, while we still can.”
Mange causes wombat’s skin to become itchy.