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Qld Fruit Growers "Want Right To Shoot Bats"

Wednesday, 27th July 2011

Elsewhere in Queensland, ”a group in one of the country's largest horticulture regions wants damage mitigation permits reinstated to allow the shooting of flying foxes” reported abc.net.au. The Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers Co-operative said farmers “want to shoot the scout” - the bat they say “seeks food & leads the colony to it”. Acting executive officer Peter Hockings said the flying foxes are destroying fruit crops & “the recent prevalence of the bat-borne Hendra virus is worrying”. He declared: “We really need to get damage mitigation permits back on the table. They're not 100% effective on their own, but used with some of the other non-lethal techniques for the majority of flying foxes, we find there's very effective control.” But Carol Booth, from the Queensland Conservation Council, commented: “Shooting hasn't worked in the past & fruit farmers have shot hundreds & thousands of flying foxes in individual orchards in the past trying to protect their crop.”

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