Plans change for nui­sance an­i­mals

Coun­cil sets its sights on wild pigs and fly­ing foxes

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

NORTH Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has an­nounced sev­eral plans to deal with wild and do­mes­tic an­i­mals in the re­gion.

The first plan aims to dis­perse all fly­ing foxes in the re­gion’s towns within 24 hours of them ar­riv­ing.

Act­ing man­ager of en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices Mike Moller told the coun­cil at a tech­ni­cal ser­vice meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 2 dis­per­sal ac­tiv­i­ties would con­tinue un­til the fly­ing foxes left the area.

Mr Moller said equip­ment for dis­per­sals was be­ing as­sem­bled.

He said a for­mal pol­icy was be­ing drafted for the coun­cil.

The coun­cil was also told the con­tro­ver­sial Oakey Creek Fly­ing Fox Roost in Gayn­dah was un­oc­cu­pied.

It has also in­tro­duced a $5 bounty for the snout and tail of wild pigs.

Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said wild pigs de­stroyed agri­cul­ture in­dus­tries by de­stroy­ing crops.

“(The) coun­cil has de­cided on a trial project, cap­ping it at $5000, so $5 for the snout and tail,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“With the pi­lot project we’re also hop­ing to gather data and ed­u­cate the pub­lic on pos­si­ble man­age­ment strate­gies.”

A pol­icy that means do­mes­tic cats will have to be de-sexed, un­less the owner is a reg­is­tered breeder, is be­ing con­sid­ered to curb feral cat num­bers.

The coun­cil would not make cat reg­is­tra­tion manda­tory.

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