How do I remove a wombat?

Wombats are protected and relocating one is illegal. A relocated wombat will most likely be killed by predators or other wombats protecting their territory.

Wombats are highly territorial so if you do remove one, another will soon move into its burrow. If you destroy a burrow, the wombat will build a new one, possibly in a more problematic location. Burrows are up to 30 metres long.

There are several things you can do to deter wombat damage without removing the animal.

Damage to fencing

Wombats follow set trails to preferred feeding areas. Instead of going around an obstacle, such as a fence, they will bulldoze their way through. Avoid damage by installing ‘wombat swing gates' at breech points. They quickly learn to use these. Alternatively, remove the lowest fencing wire (15 centimetres above ground level) to allow them pass underneath.

Burrows that are a livestock hazard

Mark burrows in paddocks or driveways with a post or small strand fence to keep stock away from the burrow entrances.

Protecting your garden

Wombats rarely eat garden plants and crops, preferring native grasses but they are inquisitive. They can easily be deterred by applying chicken manure to the garden.

Burrows under a building

To stop wombats using a burrow under a building, erect a one-way sturdy door that allows the animal to leave but not return. Bury steel mesh around the entrance to prevent the wombat digging underneath the door. Alternatively, use two electric wires at 15 and 30 centimetres above ground level to prevent access to an area.

Learn more about living with wombats

Contact a wombat rescue centre for help and advice

Learn more about wombats

There are two wombat species in NSW - the common wombat and the endangered southern hairy-nosed wombat. The northern hairy-nosed wombat is presumed extinct in NSW.

Wombat fact sheet

Tip: Keep your dogs away from wombats as they can kill a dog.