Flying-fox management in Queensland: is it any different?
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Allan McKinnon, Jim Thompson, Greg Gordon, 2002. "Flying-fox management in Queensland: is it any different?", Managing the Grey-headed Flying-fox: As a Threatened Species in NSW, Peggy Eby, Daniel Lunney
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Management of Grey-headed Flying-foxes in Queensland faces similar challenges to those faced in other states, although there are some specific Qld issues. Loss of habitat is a major threatening process; with loss of habitat comes increasing interaction with humans and the consequent “turf wars”; there is a need to both protect flying-fox populations and the crops of fruit growers; and the emergence of Australian Bat Lyssavirus and other viruses has made handling bats a risk. The conservation status of the Grey-headed Flying-fox and the Spectacled Flying-fox is currently being reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Committee under the Qld Nature Conservation Act 1992. Counts of these two species have indicated a decline in numbers over the last few years. There also has been an observed decline in both the area of occupancy and the extent of occurrence of the Grey-headed Flying-fox. The issuing of damage mitigation permits for the electrocution of flying-foxes on crops has been challenged in court and is rapidly becoming untenable for QPWS. Complaints regarding flying-fox camps in urban areas are primarily dealt with through public education and consultation. The movement of a flying-fox colony is only permissible in exceptional circumstances.