Letter to the Editor - Saturday, November 22: Don't move flying foxes
ON ABC radio I heard an interview about how the current unseasonally hot conditions are killing thousands of flying foxes near Casino, and wildlife officers and Wires volunteers are doing their best to rescue babies from dead mothers, hoping to keep them alive until they can fend for themselves. Then in Wednesday's Advocate I read the front page story about flying foxes driving local residents batty.
It seems there are always two sides to the story. On the one hand we care enough to save threatened species, and on the other hand, if they are a nuisance, we try to move them on, or eradicate them.
Andrew Fraser's solution is to remove the camphor laurels along the riverbank, which are currently a food source as well as habitat for the flying foxes.
Surely this solution is not viable, and moving on a large population of flying foxes is also not the answer, otherwise they will just become someone else's "problem".
I know politicians are only trying to serve their local community but surely this also becomes an animal welfare problem and the professionals who should be enlisted in this debate are trained National Park and Wildlife officers, as well as animal behaviourists who can find a long-term solution without stress to animals or people.
Despite what our Federal Government believes, climate change is an issue, hence our wildlife will find it more stressful to survive in the future. We need to be more tolerant and find meaningful long-term solutions.