This paper reports upon an operation to displace camps of Black Flying-foxes Pteropus alecto using non-lethal methods from the town of Batchelor. The flying-foxes showed a preference for camping in African Mahogany trees Khala senegalensis. Flying-foxes were dispersed by a team of Parks and Wildlife staff and community volunteers using a combination of smoke, non-lethal plastic shot and noise. The flying-foxes ceased roosting in the town during the operation but continued efforts were required to ensure that flying-fox camps did not re-establish within the town. The use of methods for dispersal, the removal of camp trees and public relations are discussed.
Displacement of Black Flying-foxes Pteropus alecto from Batchelor, Northern Territory
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Peter Phillips, Philip Hauser, Mike Letnic; Displacement of Black Flying-foxes Pteropus alecto from Batchelor, Northern Territory. Australian Zoologist 1 December 2007; 34 (2): 119–124. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2007.009
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