Plague of Flying Foxes Driving Southern Downs, Queensland Residents Batty!


The Mayor of the Southern Downs, in southern Queensland, Australia, fears residents frustrated by a plague of flying foxes may end up taking matters into their own hands.

Allora residents say their peace has been shattered by about 20,000 grey-headed flying foxes and Mayor Ron Bellingham says something has to be done.

"I think it's a fairly simple exercise to discourage those bats from roosting in such close proximity to urban areas," he said.

Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Craig Walker says there are no easy solutions.

"We can move them away from a location but we can't guarantee the location to which we move them is not going to be worse than where they are now," he said.

Mr Walker says the species has been know to carry the Hendra virus, but the risk is extremely low.

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