The following disturbing article was found on the ABC website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/01/2701495.htm?site=news "Farmers are illegally slaughtering thousands of wombats in South Australia, a nature group says. Brigitte Stevens from the Wombat Awareness Organisation says burrows of southern hairy-nosed wombats are being bulldozed or blown up on Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas and in the Murraylands.
She says farmers can get permits to destroy a few wombats, but that it not a licence to wipe out the entire population.
"There's not enough or not good enough regulations on what actually happens to the wombat if those numbers are being killed," she said.
"Now I know it's difficult because I know you need a lot of staff to be able to do that. But it's really hard for us when we're trying to stop people killing them illegally - if it's allowed by the government through permits, how are we going to stop it?"
Ms Stevens wants the Department for Environment and Heritage (DEH) to act on evidence the group has gathered.
"We've also got evidence, photographic, and also I've kept all my correspondence with DEH, the RSPCA about places that we've reported that have ended up having destruction permits, but we've got evidence the animals are being buried alive, the entire population is being killed on that particular property," she said.
Department for Environment and Heritage chief executive, Allan Holmes, says it will act when enough evidence is provided.
"You need to know where it's occurred, when it occurred, it's about providing evidence that will stand up in a court of law," he said.
"Again the issue for me is at the moment these claims are largely unsubstantiated.
"If the evidence is provided we will investigate them."
Mr Holmes says mass killings with petrol bombs or bulldozing will not be tolerated.
"The only way that you can legally destroy a wombat is by shooting with a particular calibre rifle," he said.
"And, as I said, given the evidence we will prosecute with the full force of the law."