August 04, 2005

The vulnerable little devil

imageTasmania’s Environment Minister Judy Jackson will approve plans to list the tasmanian devil as a vulnerable species.

The devil population has dropped by more than 20 per cent in the past decade because of the facial tumour disease.

The head of the devil disease program, Alistair Scott, says listing the devil under the Threatened Species Protection Act will give it formal protection.

He added: “We’re doing fairly extensive research in the laboratories and also in the field and have established the insurance populations, but as I said, this does provide further opportunities for funding.”

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