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Residents in Proserpine may have noticed a small roost of Flying Foxes making themselves at home in Ann Street over the last month.
The roost is made up of the protected native species, the Black Flying-Fox, which is currently breeding and raising dependent young ‘pups’ at this time of year.
Whitsunday Regional Council is aware of the roost and has begun to implement management measures.
Council’s Manager of Natural Resource Management, Scott Hardy, said a fauna specialist recently investigated the site and has made several recommendations to Council regarding the safe removal of the roost.
“We have been advised that while there are dependent pups, Council cannot take any action to remove the animals right now,” he said.
“It is expected that the young Flying Foxes may become independent from their parents from late February 2018, and Council will review the roost again at this stage.”
“We understand that roosts can cause inconvenience to nearby residents, and we ask the community for patience and understanding.”
Flying Foxes are native Australian mammals who are an essential part of the biodiversity of the Whitsunday region.
The animals are protected under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992 and Council will continue to liaise with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Protection regarding correct roost management and code of practice.
For further information, please contact Council on 1300 WRC QLD (1300 972 753) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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