Flying foxes frustrate residents
FLYING foxes roosting along Charleys Creek have been causing headaches for residents and walkers.
The Little Red flying foxes have flocked to the area following the recent flowering of several eucalyptus species.
Western Downs Regional Council Planning and Environment spokesman, Councillor Andrew Smith said he understood the frustration felt by residents and that the bats "are likely to move on in the coming weeks as soon as the flowering finishes”.
"As flying foxes are a protected species, dispersal is legislated by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, meaning there are a number of procedures that need to be met before council can commence with a dispersal attempt,” Cr Smith said.
"With many heavily pregnant females and juveniles within the roost, our specialist flying fox ecologist has advised that dispersing the roost is not an option under the strict legislative framework.
"Under this framework and code of practice we need to ensure both the welfare of our community and that of the flying foxes.
"Dispersing the roost currently may lead to further problems.”