It is ironic that the unique and lovable wombat, which can so easily become attached to humans, also has humans as its worst enemy. Since all three species are now protected in all states, there is probably less direct and indiscriminate killing, but land-clearing for agriculture continues to fragment the southern hairy-nosed wombat's limited range, and while the
northern hairy-nosed wombat is now safe from humans this protection has come almost too late for that species.
The wildlife laws do not stop the bulldozers from pushing higher and higher up the slopes of the Great Dividing Range or into the Tasmanian wilderness, the last bastions of the bare-nosed wombat. It is not necessary to kill the wombats directly; the destruction of their habitat will exterminate them more quickly than guns, traps or poison. The bare-nosed wombat is not an endangered species. It is not even rare, but we would do well to remember that even the most abundant species can quickly become rare or extinct if its habitat is destroyed. It is up to us to ensure that it never becomes the Uncommon wombat.
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