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    Flying Foxes The ill-advised flying fox dispersal at Boyne Island in Central Queensland has succeeded in temporarily moving the FF s on elsewhere, but a whole
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 6, 2006
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      Flying Foxes

      The ill-advised flying fox dispersal at Boyne Island in Central
      Queensland has
      succeeded in temporarily moving the FF's on elsewhere, but a whole lot of
      issues remain to be resolved. The FF's didn't go across the river as
      planned,
      they went to another location, we don't know where yet. One FF was
      injured,
      and was rescued by local carer. It was then discovered that the QPWS
      Rangers
      'monitoring' the dispersal attempt were not inoculated for lyssavirus.
      If the
      carer hadn't gone to the site on her own bat ;o) the FF would have
      been kicked
      into the river or something. Another disoriented FF was killed in
      power wires.
      We have no idea how many others died or fell into the water. The
      'disaffected'
      residents have been permitted to continue to go out and flash spotlights
      around to scare off any FF's that try to come into the site.

      Clearly the 'dispersal' attempts to get rid of FF's needs to be
      something that
      is reviewed by the Federal Government under the EPBC Act. Meanwhile
      another FF
      colony in Dallis Park, Murwillumbah, NSW, is about to be destroyed
      (again).
      Local residents, who violated the EPBC Act before, have applied with
      council
      and legal support for a permit to destroy the colony with its 15,000
      animals.
      The application has been lodged with the NSW Department of the
      Environment.
      National Parks Service (NPWS NSW) has leaked the word they likely will be
      issued with the permit due to political pressure. Council will then be
      able to
      proceed and log the area. Protest against the action is at present
      negligible.

      Immediate action is required to save this field site. Among the
      steps taken
      already are a request to the Commonwealth to call in an action under
      the EPBC
      Act, a petition to the NSW Minister of the Environment and a public
      awareness
      campaign. Contact Stefan Klose, F: +61 7 3365 7591,
      stefan.klose@...
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