Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Warwick Landholder Applies to Remove Flying Foxes

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Warwick Landholder Applies to Remove Flying Foxes

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THE first damage mitigation permit for the removal of flying foxes in the Warwick area has been applied for.

Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) wildlife director Ashley Bunce said DERM had received an application in November from a private landholder concerning a roost in the area.

C[pounds sterling]The application is currently being assessed,C[yen] Dr Bunce said.

C[pounds sterling]In Queensland, landowners or local authorities can apply to DERM for a damage mitigation permit to manage flying foxes if the animals are causing damage, economic losses or pose a risk to human health.C[yen]

He said flying foxes were a protected species and a damage mitigation permit was the only legal way to deal with them.

C[pounds sterling]It is an offence to deliberately kill or injure them, or interfere with their roosts without approval,C[yen] Dr Bunce said.

Despite community concern over the potential health risk and property damage by the native animals, neither individuals nor companies from the Southern Downs had applied for a permit in the past. …

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