Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Lights, Pots and Pans Used to Move on Bats

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Lights, Pots and Pans Used to Move on Bats

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Emily Prain

Reporter

emily.prain@news-mail.com.au

THE bid to move on hundreds of thousands of flying foxes that swooped back into the town of Gayndah at Christmas has had some success, with the trouble species moving further down the banks of the Burnett River.

Their arrival came just when the North Burnett thought their black bat days were over, after being abat freea since May last year.

Mayor Don Waugh said on Christmas Eve, 13,500 of the winged animals settled into the trees on the St Josephas School grounds, as well as two adjacent homes.

aResidents in the area were given spotlights on timers to encourage the dispersal of flying foxes over the Christmas break,a Cr Waugh said.

Despite their efforts, a further check on January 2 revealed an estimated population of between 100,000-200,000 flying foxes in the area.

A small colony of black flying foxes which are pregnant, or have dependant young, have stayed in the area and are not able to be dispersed under the councilas permit. …

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