A variety of techniques are used for the destruction of the common wombat Vombatus ursinus in Victoria. This chapter reviews the humaneness of the major techniques. Burrow fumigation with trichloronitromethane (Larvacide) and phosphine gas (Phostoxin) is widely undertaken by landholders, although no longer recommended by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE). Larvacide is an inappropriate fumigant as it causes prolonged and intense irritation before death under some circumstances. Phostoxin may cause less sensory irritation, yet its efficacy is questionable. Carbon monoxide fumigation is the most practical, humane and effective alternative. When destruction of individual animals is required, burrow fumigation with an appropriate humane fumigant is more likely to produce a consistently target-specific and humane death. Cage trapping is open to abuse and its use by untrained persons to trap and destroy is questioned. Schedules for firearms and projectile loads need to be specified for wombat destruction if shooting is to remain a technique used by land-holders.
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