Devils free-ranging on Forestier
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
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
It's a devil convoy
tentative about leaving their protective transport tubes while others bolted
into the bush, eager to begin their new lives.
Forestier release follows a trial release at Narawntapu National Park in
September and will be monitored by the Save the Tasmanian Program.
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.
All set for the release in prime habitat
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.
Free at last
View a video of the devil release shot by Troy Melville.