Healthy Tasmanian devil
In the future, Tasmanian devils may also face the threat of illegally introduced red foxes, which would compete with the devils for food and dens and also feed on their young. Fortunately, red fox numbers are not yet high enough to have a significant impact. In fact, Tasmanian devils are considered important predators of these introduced pests. Dogs have taken their toll on devil numbers as well – but none of these threats compare to DFTD.