These scat DNA results are both interesting and bizarre. Most of the ‘confirmed’ fox scats come from an area many fox home ranges distant from the next location. This is very, very odd indeed as the probability of finding fox scats should increase around the immediate area of one that has already been found. Free-ranging foxes aren’t going to disperse out thinly over the island prior to their populations becoming sufficiently dense to be easily detected.
Are our foxes all virtual foxes, just damned elusive foxes, or merely invisible foxes full of shit?
Most intriguing is the cluster of different foxes around the central north - Burnie area Are these supposed to be related to the 1998 fox that came off a boat from Webb Dock in the Port of Melbourne? But there was no way that animal could have been pregnant at the time. Or maybe there were other introduced foxes supposedly responsible for this northern fox cluster? What is the explanation for all the fox scat activity around Burnie? How did this come about?
Of thousands of scats collected only 8 could be DNA tested and all are different genotypes - i.e.8 different foxes. Am I the only one puzzled and asking these questions? I really don’t think I can be!
Regrettably the local media seem be a pack of clueless foxhounds; they aren’t asking the right questions. I wonder why?
Fox researchers might be interested in the deployment of fox poop and other fox evidence that’s turned up in Tasmania over the last decade. The first observation from this map is that foxes seem to be all over the place! And yet if this is the case, it isn’t consistent with the lack of a credible body, that is, a fox carcass that hasn’t been recovered in weird circumstances and anonymous ways that are just too ridiculous.