Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bats Bring Months of Living Hell

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bats Bring Months of Living Hell

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Byline: Joe Flynn

THEY screech, they squeal and they leave faeces everywhere they go - Mooloolaba retiree Ron Jones might have the most annoying neighbours on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Jones and his wife Lynn thought they had found the perfect retirement haven before a colony of about 4000 flying foxes arrived in January.

The new neighbours graffitied the Jones's home with faeces, woke them at 3am every morning and provided a constant soundtrack of screeching and squealing until 6pm.

"It was three months of hell," Mr Jones said. "You feel so powerless when these things move in and they disrupt your life for 20 of the 24 hours in a day."

A Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said Emerald Woods, which neighbours the Jones's house, traditionally housed 50-100 black flying foxes and seasonally contained migratory red flying foxes.

James Cook University professor Simon Robson, who specialises in the ecology and behaviour of bats, said colonies were moving constantly because they were being forcefully relocated and their traditional habitats were disappearing to development. …

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