Wombats, the bulldozers of the bush cause havoc for farmers

As the saying goes, the grass is always greener on the other side — and it could not be more true for wombats in Tasmania, where grass on the other side of the fenced-off paddock is dinner or a new spot to find a partner.

Their preferred method of reaching the new patch of land is to burrow under the wire fence.

Farmer Tim Gunn stands next to a wombat burrow, which cattle have turned into a sand scar.

Farmer Tim Gunn stands next to a wombat burrow, which cattle have turned into a sand scar.

Tim Gunn farms at Waterhouse in the state’s far north-east and he said wombats have made a mess of his sand dune country where cattle graze.

“You can see the sand scar which is horrendous to look at,” he said.

“That basically happened three years ago and started off with a wombat hole.

“Then bulls get in and kick dirt around, followed by a dry spring with a lot of wind and away it went.”

Despite being a national icon and tourist drawcard, the wombat is known in the farming community as the ‘bulldozer of the bush’.

Justin Cooper from animal management company Gallagher said holes left by wombats in a paddock could become a safety issue for farmers too.

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