Mange Treatment Project – Googong

In May 2018 a member of the public noticed a few very manged wombats.

As this was in a public reserve, various permissions were required from stakeholders.

Once permission was obtained, a team of volunteers were recruited and the treatment process began in late 2018.

Previous population treatment programs in other areas have not proven successful with the 4ml dosage rate so a new dosage regime and implementation plan was devised in consultation with the manufacturer and a wildlife vet.

This new regime would be the first of its kind. The dosage rate was increased to 20ml per week per burrow (for adult wombats) and duration of treatment was extended from 12 consecutive weeks to 16 successful treatments.

The difference is that not every dose every week landed on a wombat. Approximately 35% of burrow-flap doses land on the ground which makes the 12 week program ineffective.

To work towards a successful outcome, program volunteers meticulously recorded every treatment given and the status of medicine, whether spilled or successfully dispensed.

The project started with one population but as funding and resources increased, was expanded to include more populations, ending in a total of 160 burrows being treated over the duration of the project.

This project is currently in monitoring phase after the last treatment has been given to the last documented manged wombat in this area. Monitoring is conducted via in-field observations as well as extensive use of motion censor, nightvision wildlife cameras.

Monitoring is crucial in understanding and documenting the results of this unique treatment program, to detect any environmental or behavioural changes and to monitor whether re-infection of mange occurs.