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Devils free-ranging on Forestier

Thirty-nine little Tasmanian devils are scampering about the Forestier Peninsula on day one of their mission to re-establish a healthy population of devils in the state’s south-east.

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They arrived on the Bangor property at Dunalley yesterday evening, then were transported to ideal habitat and let loose.

On the truck for the last leg of the journey

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It's a devil convoy

Some were tentative about leaving their protective transport tubes while others bolted into the bush, eager to begin their new lives.

The Forestier release follows a trial release at Narawntapu National Park in September and will be monitored by the Save the Tasmanian Program.

A devil-proof fence at Dunalley and the natural barrier of the Dennison Canal will isolate the devils on the Forestier and Tasman peninsulas, ensuring the deadly Devil Facial Tumour Disease does not return to the area.

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All set for the release in prime habitat

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Time to go

The disease was detected in devils living on the Forestier Peninsula in 2004 and – after an unsuccessful attempt to remove the infected animals – the area was entirely depopulated to ensure it was disease-free.

The release is a milestone for DPIPWE’s wildlife biologists who managed yesterday's event. The owners of the Bangor property, the Dunbabin family, were on site to assist.

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Free at last

View a video of the devil release shot by Troy Melville.