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Bats. I’ve got bats.

By Kayem - 16 December 2013 32

fruit bats

The tree across my lane way in Scullin has recently provided host to a colony of fruit bats.

I wish it was not true, but here they are.

What is TAMS doing about removing colonies of bats?  

I would be grateful for any information.

[Photo by shellac CC BY 2.0]

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Bats. I’ve got bats.
Zan 3:50 pm 16 Dec 13

The bat in the Sydney Botanical garden were moved on by playing industrial noise when they were about to roost, so they moved elsewhere. I suggest you take a recording of the Woden Plaza noise as it sounds like a factory and play it when they are roosting. They will move on to somewhere else.

That being said, it is not beneficial to the environment to nuke them. Better nuke people instead as they are the great polluters of the world. Bats play an important part in cross pollination and fertilisation.

How_Canberran 2:59 pm 16 Dec 13

Nuke the entire colony from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

How Canberran.

johnboy 2:50 pm 16 Dec 13

Given a choice most people would rather a colony of fruit bats across the road than Mooseheads.

c_c™ 2:48 pm 16 Dec 13

HolGei said :

I know exactly where you are talking about, they are noisy and s*** all over my house and car!

So then they have more in common with the average Mooseheads’ patron than some may first have thought.

HolGei 2:44 pm 16 Dec 13

I know exactly where you are talking about, they are noisy and s*** all over my house and car! They are driving me insane with the noise and mess. However, they are facinating to watch!

c_c™ 2:33 pm 16 Dec 13

Wonderful critters, you see (and hear) a colony in Commonwealth Park at various times of the year opposite Stage 88. So long as you don’t try handling them, and stay out of the drop zone, you’re fine.

Masquara 1:10 pm 16 Dec 13

Hopefully TAMS will leave them well alone. They are wild animals and absolutely entitled to hang out wherever they wish.

Pitchka 1:01 pm 16 Dec 13

Rusalka said :

Pitchka said :

Chances are the one in your yard was one of the diseased ones… Sucks to be you..

From the size I think (and from describing it to the ranger) sounded like it was likely old age.

However, if it was, doesn’t matter to me. Just the way of things, and one of the quirks of living in a city like ours. To me the benefits far outweigh one dead bat.

I love a good bat… (i love the flying types too)

Rusalka 12:22 pm 16 Dec 13

Pitchka said :

Chances are the one in your yard was one of the diseased ones… Sucks to be you..

From the size I think (and from describing it to the ranger) sounded like it was likely old age.

However, if it was, doesn’t matter to me. Just the way of things, and one of the quirks of living in a city like ours. To me the benefits far outweigh one dead bat.

Pitchka 12:12 pm 16 Dec 13

Rusalka said :

The ranger was very helpful, but said that they weren’t concerned about bats, there were heaps of them around at the moment and the colonies in Canberra are pretty disease free. It’s now buried in the garden.

Chances are the one in your yard was one of the diseased ones… Sucks to be you..

Deref 11:56 am 16 Dec 13

Great photo of beautiful animals. What possible reason could you have for wanting to get rid of them?

neanderthalsis 11:44 am 16 Dec 13

All Australian bats are protected. I take it you are concerned about the potential diseases rather than just the noise? Unless you are eating contaminated fruit, eating the bats raw, or working with other animals that have been infected you need not worry. I spent many years with bats attacking mangoes outside my bedroom window and somehow managed to survive.

We currently have fruitbats, the neighbours, kurrawongs, rosellas, Indian minors, a smallish finch and a few other birds raiding our loquat tree. The only ones that get my goat are the Indian Minors.

poetix 11:44 am 16 Dec 13

I think you are very lucky! They are fascinating creatures.

Rusalka 11:38 am 16 Dec 13

I had a large, dead flying fox in my garden last weekend. I gave TAMS a quick call just to check there weren’t any diseases or problems they were trying to control. The ranger was very helpful, but said that they weren’t concerned about bats, there were heaps of them around at the moment and the colonies in Canberra are pretty disease free. It’s now buried in the garden.

So I suggest not worrying about them and enjoying them while they are so obviously around your place. They are amazing animals to look at and watch.

NoAddedMSG 11:26 am 16 Dec 13

Why would TAMS do anything necessarily? A colony of bats is not automatically a problem which has to be dealt with. How big is the colony? Is it overwhelming the tree? Also, teh nets suggests that if your bats are gray headed fruit bats, they tend not to be permenant residents of Canberra and will move on eventually.

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