Wombats give severe damage to the profession of farmers. They destroy farmer’s crops and fences and the burrows of wombats hurt a farmer’s cattle if the cattle accidentally steps into it. Furthermore, rabbits get inside the burrows, which cause further destruction to the crops. All these things infuriates the farmers and they, therefore hunt them, trap them and poison them, resulting in the reduction and evacuation of the population of Wombats. Moreover, since many wombats are vulnerable, they are often killed by coming under a car.
Animals which are enemies of Wombats
If we talk about enemies of the wombats among the animals, Dingoes are on top. Other animals that pose a threat to these wombats are Tasmanian Devils, Tasmanian wolves and foxes. However, younger wombats are more exposed to danger of being killed as Eagles, Owls and Eastern quolls can easily hunt them. Further enemies of these wombats include the feral cats and domesticated dogs.
How different animals affect them
Feral cats effects wombats by transmitting diseases to them.
Mange, a parasitic mite, kills wombats by entering through their skins. The mange is spread by foxes when they take shelter in the burrows of wombats. Young and injured wombats are more prone to die by the mange. Under stressed wombats are more likely to be affected. Wombat killings by mange are on a very high rate.
Apart from this, wombats face food shortages. There are many rabbits and cattle which create food shortages for these wombats. Furthermore, when cattle step on a burrow, they not only break their own leg but they destroy the burrow as well. Many areas now protect wombats but still there are few areas where wombats are killed.