Two hundred wombats that had been marked for culling, have had their fates reversed at the eleventh hour.

A mass culling of the animals had been given approval by the Department for Environment and Water, because they have been damaging the farmer’s equipment when he “runs them over”.

However, pushback from both environmentalists and a local Indigenous tourism operator have led to the wombats being moved instead of shot.

Now, instead of being shot, the Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats will be moved to a reserve, according to The Advertiser.

The initial decision to cull the animals received national criticism, with some estimating that there were only around 650 of the hairy-nosed wombats left on Yorke Peninsula, although other estimates put the number at closer to 3,000.