Council’s failure to understand flying foxes
COUNCILLOR Ellen Smith’s announcement in The Morning Bulletin that the council will lobby the State Government to move the little flying foxes from Kapra as soon as they arrive will result in the following.
The very first will be confrontation as a direct result of the lack of consultation with all stakeholders in the region including those who are called upon to rescue flying foxes and are residents and ratepayers.
As knowledgeable people in this field with over 30 years’ experience, flying foxes, in particularly the little reds, will be so exhausted that any attempt to move them on while they are in such a poor condition will result in flying foxes falling into residents’ backyards dead and dying for children to pick them up.
It happened at Duaringa.
The council’s failure to understand the behaviour of flying foxes despite the hundreds of dollars of information and time spent sending the information by a local expert to the council and all councillors is testimony to the council’s selective consultation process.
Yet, at her own expense and others will be called upon by members of the community to collect injured and
orphaned flying foxes from people’s backyards, with some of these having to spend some time in care.
This person is the only person in Central Queensland area knowledgeable enough with the required facilities to look after them.
Despite her extended knowledge council will no doubt consult people who are not as knowledgeable or have no knowledge and who will have difficulty identify the specie let alone if they are in poor condition, heavily pregnant or have dependent young. Happened at Moura.
The little red flying foxes are the only pollinators of our hardwood forest and are seeking refuge in towns temporarily because of the legal and illegal large-scale land clearing in CQ and harassment elsewhere.
In addition they are the keystone specie for the survival of our unique wildlife.
Left alone, flying foxes will sleep during the day and fly out at night to neighbouring flowering blossoms and when the blossoms are finished they will move on as they normally do.
Left alone they do not pose any significant threat to people’s health or water supplies, unless they are harassed and are placed up in the air during the day.
Never heard of anyone getting sick from a water supply as a result of flying foxes.
I have been drinking tank water for over 20 years and I have bats flying over my roof each night.
Despite LG disappointment I am still here.
People are more at a threat of injury or even death from their dog than from a flying fox.
I am disgusted at the terrible acts of animal cruelty forced on them and other animals by misleading information from the media, people and local councils whose knowledge of animals is extremely limited whether they be domestic, companion, native and introduced wild.
It does not make any sense that LG accuse cats of destroying wildlife and wildlife must be protected but they must mean selective wildlife.
You get to the point in your life that despite providing the evidence of such terrible acts over the years, doing all the right things but being ignored, the lack of consultation with all stakeholders before decisions are made will and does lead to civil disobedience. Lyn Laskus, Emu Park
‘‘ THE LITTLE RED FLYING FOXES ARE THE ONLY POLLINATORS OF OUR HARDWOOD FOREST AND ARE SEEKING REFUGE IN TOWNS TEMPORARILY BECAUSE OF THE LEGAL AND ILLEGAL LARGE-SCALE LAND CLEARING IN CQ AND HARASSMENT FROM OTHER PLACES. LYN LASKUS