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Flying-Foxes, Bats, Micro-Bats

Male grey headed flying fox suffering from heat stressFlying-foxes (commonly referred to as fruit bats or bats) and all other types of bats are protected species and it is an offence to kill or injure them, or to interfere with their roosts.

If flying foxes are located on private property, Customer must contact Department of Environment & Heritage Protection (DEHP) to discuss the matter and acquire a special permit to allow the removal of bats/flying-foxes.   

If flying foxes are located on Council land, please enter a customer request with as much detail as possible into Merit.  If the flying foxes are impacting on the health and well being of the public or causing damage in a community,council may decide to apply to DEHP for a damage mitigation permit (DMP) to safely and humanely manage a roost.

In short, a DMP will allow for dispersal of flying-foxes by non-lethal means in an effort to move them to a new location. This includes use of a bright light or noise-based deterrents for a sustained period of time. However, dispersal of a flying-fox roost will only be considered as a last option.

Flying-foxes can be hosts to a number of viruses. However, they usually avoid contact with people. More commonly, scratches or bites occur if someone handles an animal.

Safety Issues

Bats and flying foxes may carry bacteria and viruses which can be harmful to humans.  Although the risk of infection is low, people should avoid handling these animals.

Members of the public should not handle bats or flying foxes. The following advice should be provided if a member of public finds a bat or flying fox:

If you find a sick, injured or orphaned bat, do not touch it.  

Contact the RSPCA (1300 ANIMAL or 1300 264 625) or your local wildlife caregroup/rescuer/carer, or the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection(1300 130 372) for assistance. 
If you suspect Hendra Virus cases are affecting horses on a property, contact your vet immediately and Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23. Do not have close contact (body fluids) with sick horses without wearing adequate protective clothing.

If residents have concerns about bats or flying foxes located close to where they live, the DEHP Fact Sheet- Advice on Living Near Flying Foxes (link below) can be provided.

Disposal

Council is not able to collect injured or dead flying foxes from private property.  If a you have found an injured or dead flying fox, please refer to information above.

If a dead flying fox is reported on Council land, the request is to be treated the same as other animal carcasses and Council will organise its removal.  

Dead flying foxes can be disposed of at either Warwick Waste Management Facility or Stanthorpe Waste Management Facility where dead animals are accepted.  

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