Residents use 'drastic and illegal' action on bats

A NOOSA flying fox protection group is outraged that some residents are taking drastic and illegal action to remove the animals.

Flying Fox Rescue Release Noosa coordinator Jan Davey and the group's volunteers are on high alert after gun shots were heard on Friday and Sunday sounding from Wallace Park, where a bat colony lives behind Noosa Private Hospital.

The group believes some residents are also banging pots and pans and blasting air horns in their own efforts to disperse the flying fox colony.

In late May, the Sunshine Coast Council completed a non-lethal dispersal project at Cassia Wildlife Corridor in Coolum using similar methods.

Ms Davey does not support any flying fox dispersal, but strives to teach people what the species provides to the environment.

Only local councils have the authority to disperse flying fox colonies in accordance with a code of practice.

"Using an air rifle is just disgusting," Ms Davey said.

"We went around there and checked on the colony to make sure there were no injured animals, but everything seemed to be okay.

"When there are noises like this and banging of pots and pans and air horns, it's this sort of noise that makes the flying foxes fly around more. They are disturbed and become louder."

The colony in Wallace Park has been enticed by the flowering paperbarks and around this time of year they are joined by colonies from further north.

With flowering slowly coming to an end, the colony is expected to move from the area and return again in August for birthing season.

"It is difficult sometimes to get people to understand so we just keep trying to talk to people and educate them the best we can," Ms Davey said.

"It is about being tolerant and understanding."



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