Flying Foxes set to roost in Jandowae area
THE Western Downs Council has received specialist advice from ecology consultants in regards to dispersing the flying fox colony in Hickey Street, Jandowae.
Consultants have advised Council that there would be no foreseeable animal welfare issues associated with the dispersal. The worst outcome would be that the dispersal would lead to further human-wildlife conflict, due to the fact that there are no suitable roost sites close by.
Previous dispersing without alternative sites has led to colonies splintering and inhabiting multiple private properties.
Mayor Ray Brown said council had put processes in place to disperse the foxes if it came to that decision.
"Council staff are working with the community to assist in the removal of these animals, but we need to make sure that people don't take it into their own hands due to safety and health reasons," he said.
"We are working closely with professionals such as Biosecurity Queensland to identify numbers and species."
Previous dispersal programs have been successful in Chinchilla and Dalby.
Mayor Brown said he was not aware of any complaints so far.
Club Hotel Jandowae's Full-Time Chef Mel Lankowski said the bats out the back of the hotel have increased in numbers, resulting in moving to resident property's.
"They are a big problem at the moment, the smell wafts through the hotel and we can't park our cars in the carpark because of the poo," she said.
"It is not very good for business and there are health concerns to think about."
The council is encouraging the Western Downs community to notify them of any increased flying fox numbers in their area.