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Why can't we get rid of the flying foxes?

Dispersing a flying fox camp is a very difficult thing to do. And even if you were able move the camp on, they would probably set up a new camp at some of the suitable bushland nearby.

Based on a study of 17 dispersals around Australia, in 16 cases the flying foxes stayed in the local area, normally moving less than 600 metres from the original camp. In most cases there was still conflict about flying foxes at the original site or the local area years after the dispersal actions.

If the land managers were actually able to successfully disperse the flying fox camps it could then be responsible for managing any conflicts and costs related to new camps that are established as a result of the dispersal. 

 

This page was last updated on: 13 September 2019