Somerset to remove millions of flying fox roosts

SOMERSET Regional Council yesterday allocated $200,000 to manage the millions of flying foxes in the region.

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Council had obtained quotes to complete vegetation clearing at sites in Linville, Kilcoy and Esk and investigated roosts at Atkinson Dam and Lowood.

"We've also consulted with bat experts, who may need to be on-site during vegetation clearing, and Council will be ready to apply for the appropriate permits, when required," he said.

In recent weeks the numbers of flying foxes at Linville and Kilcoy has quadrupled with an influx of little red flying foxes with greys and black species.

Cr Lehmann said Council would take action to address flying fox numbers "as soon as possible".

"Council has committed to undertake several dispersal and roost modification actions across Somerset as soon as we can legally do so," he said. "Residents are at the end of their tether, particularly at Linville and Kilcoy, where the bats are directly impacting on their livelihood and serenity."



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