Into bat­tle

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE bats are back. Thou­sands of lit­tle red fly­ing foxes took up res­i­dence at the back of St Joseph’s Pri­mary School in Gayn­dah just be­fore Christ­mas.

So North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has started dis­per­sal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mayor Don Waugh and coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of en­vi­ron­ment Bob Sav­age said the com­mu­nity had been in­volved in try­ing to get rid of the bats.

“The fog has been ef­fec­tive,” Mr Sav­age said. “We use spot­lights and mos­quito fog­ging machines, which make a noise as well.”

THOU­SANDS of lit­tle red fly­ing foxes took up res­i­dence at the back of St Joseph’s Pri­mary School in Gayn­dah be­fore Christ­mas.

Andin re­sponse, North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil started dis­per­sal ac­tiv­i­ties early last Thurs­day morn­ing.

Mayor Don Waugh said the com­mu­nity had been ac­tively in­volved with the coun­cil try­ing to move the bats on.

“On Fri­day we had to chase them out of the school grounds and the bats were in their thou­sands,” he said.

Coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of en­vi­ron­ment Bob Sav­age said the num­bers at the school were re­duced on Fri­day and re­duced fur­ther on Satur­day af­ter dis­per­sal ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The fog has been ef­fec­tive – we use spot­lights and mos­quito fog­ging machines which make a noise as well,” he said.

“That seems to be the most ef­fec­tive method. All we can do is deal with the red ones.”

There are re­stric­tions on mov­ing the an­i­mals if they are breed­ing, or have ba­bies.

A large colony of black fly­ing foxes and their young have set­tled in gumtrees near the bridge.

“Be­cause they have got ba­bieswe can’t do any­thing un­til they have achieved what’s called in­de­pen­dent flight,” Mr Sav­age said.

Parks and wildlife of­fi­cers will be coming to in­spect the sit­u­a­tion “to­wards the end of next week”.

Cr Don Waugh said coun­cil had the per­mit ready.

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