Wildlife officials are investigating the incident, which is being called one of the largest culls of wombats ever. Wombats are considered by some landowners to be pests, but a permit is required to kill them, and it's supposed to be done humanely. There's also a quota for how many can be killed — a difficult number to trace if their burrows were simply filled with dirt with many wombats still inside. Officials will test the bodies of some dead wombats to try to see if they were buried alive or already dead when they were buried.
"Every burrow on the property has been bulldozed," Stevens wrote. "Should the property owner not be held accountable for every single death?" Unfortunately, the only way to establish how many wombats were killed is to reopen the burrows, which the officials have declined to do.