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.