The Tasmanian devils are endangered for a number of reasons. One of them is because the farmers believed that it ate large numbers of livestock and poultry and thus they hunt it. This is also why the Tasmanian tiger died out. Other reasons include that they are often hit by cars as they feed on other road-killed animals.
Presently, there is outbreak of facial tumour disease. It causes facial lesions which increase in size until the Tasmanian devils can no longer eat and becomes susceptible to infections. This also leads to the decline in population. As the Tasmanian devil population decreases, fox population are increasing. These introduced animals hunt and eat young Tasmanian devils. If the numbers of the Tasmanian devil drop too low, then there is little hope that the population will ever recover - those remaining will be destroyed by the foxes.
Edited by edwin_seeker, 12 February 2011 - 07:35 AM.
I have read somewhere that these devils are initially getting cancer because they seem to have penchant for chowing down on plastics and Styrofoam at the landfills.
And naturally since they seem to delight in fighting, the bites transfer the cancerous cells.
At least this is what I read was the initial cause.
Sad though, they are kind of neat creatures, not overly cuddly but neat nonetheless.