AT WAR: Council is calling for Monto residents to turn out in force on Tuesday morning to combat the Lister St flying fox colony.
AT WAR: Council is calling for Monto residents to turn out in force on Tuesday morning to combat the Lister St flying fox colony. Jacqueline Henry

Monto goes to war against flying fox invasion

MONTO will go to war next Tuesday, armed with unconventional weapons: torches, flood lights, instruments and saucepan lids.

Their enemy? Flying foxes, which previously were roosting in Lister St but have since swelled in numbers, now taking over parts of Monto State High School.

"It is our responsibility to nudge flying foxes from school areas and as such we have made a decision to try to move these animals,” the council said in a statement.

From 4 - 7am on Tuesday, the council is asking Monto residents to turn out in force with loud and bright objects, to try and cause such a racket the bats relocate their colony.

However, the council conceded that it "may not work and we are in no way able to predict where these animals will go”.

"Everyone in Monto is strongly advised to monitor their own backyards and use noise and lights to deter the flying foxes from settling there,” they said.

"This proposed event will be under the direction of council staff, acting under strict legislative guidelines.

"Staff will have complete control of the event including suspension or abandonment of activities.”

A vet will be on standby for the care of the animals.

Under the Queensland Ecologically sustainable management of flying-fox roosts Code of Practice, attempts to move roosts may only occur in the early morning or late evening and go for a period of not longer than three hours if conducted in the morning.

Actions must be limited to non-lethal deterrence methods of smoke, noise, light, foggers, BirdFrite and 'scarecrow' type devices only.


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