Lit­tle red bats leave town

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE lit­tle red fly­ing foxes have left Gayn­dah.

Ear­lier this month, the coun­cil es­ti­mated the lit­tle red fly­ing fox pop­u­la­tion had grown to 100,000 – 200,000.

Dis­per­sal ac­tiv­i­ties by North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil suc­cess­fully moved the colony out of the trees be­hind St Joseph’s Pri­mary School and out of town.

But Mayor Don Waugh warned they could re­turn.

“We now have al­most three years his­tor­i­cal records, which in­di­cate there may be sig­nif­i­cant num­bers of reds re­turn­ing around Fe­bru­ary,” he said.

Black fly­ing foxes are still a vis­i­ble pres­ence in the trees along the river­bank.

The colony of about 5000 black fly­ing foxes in­cludes de­pen­dent young or preg­nant fe­males and can­not be dis­persed un­til the ba­bies achieve in­de­pen­dent flight.

Michael Hig­gin­son has no­ticed the fly­ing foxes fre­quent­ing the mango trees in his back­yard.

“The bats are en­joy­ing a bit of un­ripened fruit at the moment,” he said.

“We’ve been get­ting more and more (bats).”

CrWaugh said the coun­cil was mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion each morn­ing, as well as sev­eral times dur­ing the day.

“And we will con­tinue to un­der­take dis­per­sal ac­tiv­i­ties, should the need arise,” he said.

If bats are tak­ing up res­i­dence on your prop­erty, the coun­cil ad­vised to make loud noises with pots, pans and lawn­mow­ers, to move them on.

For in­for­ma­tion phone the coun­cil’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Health De­part­ment on 1300 696 272. Or visit north­bur­nett.qld.gov.au.

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