Mayor Blundell makes stand over invasion of flying foxes
MAYOR Peter Blundell has said "It's beyond a joke when the breeding rights of flying foxes come before human safety" and has applied for permits to relocate two colonies near Warwick State High School.
Cr Blundell said his concern surrounds the close proximity between the colonies and the school, residences and domestic animal activity.
"While flying fox colonies have frequented the current location for many years we have only recently come to understand the potential risks associated with flying foxes and my belief is that those potential risks warrant the relocation of the flying fox colonies," he said.
"People should be vigilant to avoid a build-up of their droppings, don't go near or provoke them and to keep a close check on pets' food and water sources."
Initial information from a government spokeswoman earlier this week suggested bat numbers could be close to 750,000 but it was yesterday confirmed the figure was closer to 100,000.
The council submitted an application for the damage mitigation permit to the minister for environment and heritage protection yesterday.
It is expected approval will take several days.
A Rosenthal Heights resident has spoken of his own close call with the creatures, after finding one caught on his dog's face.
Andy Galloway said he was forced to pull the bat from the face of his german shepherd, Bree.
"I had to grab the dog's blanket and pull the bat off the dog's face," he said.
"I have two teenage kids and an eight-month-old son. If one (bat) can swoop down and get my dog, what's to say it won't to one of them?
"I wouldn't be opposed to a cull by any means. I understand there is a place for everything in the world but there is just too many."
Warwick State High School has imposed a 50m ban around the colonies on its students and has warned them not to touch the animals.
- About 80,000 little red flying foxes are believed to be in the area of the WSHS Agriculture Centre
- A further 20,000 are living near Hamilton Oval