Many of the problems between wombats and people can be resolved by learning about the behaviour of wombats and understanding their habitats and needs.
The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus) is the species most frequently found in New South Wales. They prefer temperate forested areas of the coast, ranges and western slopes. Slopes above creeks and gullies are favoured sites for burrows and they like to feed in grassy clearings, including farm paddocks.
Common wombats were once widespread from south-eastern Queensland, through New South Wales along the Great Dividing Range and most of Victoria. Their distribution in New South Wales is now fragmented and they are most abundant in the south-eastern parts of the state.
Remaining populations are under continued pressure from land clearing, road mortality, disease and illegal shooting. These pressures may be acute for some local populations.