Permits help with problem
NORTH Burnett citrus growers may be eligible for a flying fox damage mitigation permit.
The permit allows landholders suffering crop damage to shoot up to 30 flying foxes per year on their properties.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection encourages the use of non-harmful measures, but states the new option “will provide crop growers with a greater scope for managing crop damage caused by flying foxes”.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate they are producing a commercially viable crop, and that in the last five years they have attempted to use a prescribed deterrent method for at least one growing season.
Prescribed methods include netting, installation of sound equipment or installation of light equipment.
If these deterrents have been unsuccessful, a permit can be obtained.
A strict code of practice must be followed by those permitted to kill bats on their property.
Applications can be found online at ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/livingwith/flyingfoxes/damage-mitigation-permits.html.
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BATDAMAGE: Farmers can apply for damage limitation permits that allow culling of up to 30 bats on their properties.