Little red bats leave town
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.