Burdekin Shire Council next week will begin dispersing flying foxes from the trees in Home Hill’s Lloyd Mann Park.
Council’s Environment and Health Manager Beth Whitworth said the dispersal activities would take place from about 5.30am next Monday, June 2, through to Wednesday, June 4.
“There are a number of flying foxes again roosting in Lloyd Mann Park and Council wants to move quickly to disperse them,” she said.
“We will be using intense noise including a number of starter’s pistols from 5am to discourage the flying foxes from roosting in the park.”
Mrs Whitworth said residents with pets in the vicinity of the dispersal activities would need to ensure their pets were adequately secured to reduce the risk of escape.
“Council will continue to monitor Lloyd Mann Park during this phase to ensure the colony has relocated to a more suitable area,” she said.
“Further dispersal activities within Home Hill may occur if the need arises.”
Mrs Whitworth urged residents to call Council if they become aware of a flying fox roost within a town area.
“I also would like to remind residents to stay away from any colony they find for their own safety,” she said.
“If anyone is bitten or scratched by a flying fox, they should wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical advice without delay.”