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Hot weather can cause distress for flying-foxes

Published: 1 December 2016

Hot weather can cause distress for flying-foxes
Flying-foxes may be disturbed by the hot weather forecast this weekend.

With higher than normal temperatures forecast across the City of Logan over the next few days, residents are being asked to think about the effects this may have on local flying-foxes.

Logan City Council Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson, Councillor Lisa Bradley, said temperatures around 38 degrees could lead to heat stress or even death from dehydration for flying-foxes.

"We saw a similar incident happen in 2014, which caused significant distress for some residents, so we want to minimise a recurrence with the hot weather predicted this weekend," she said.

"During these extremely hot days, bats may seek shade in garden trees, so we ask residents to please be patient and not disturb them.

"The bats should return to their roost when it cools down."

Cr Bradley said Council’s environment officers were working with accredited wildlife carers to help flying-foxes suffering heat stress in public areas, such as parks and reserves.

"Heat-stressed flying-foxes usually clump together in groups close to the ground or on the lower limbs of trees," she said.

"If you find injured flying-foxes, don't handle them. Call 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) or Bat Rescue on 0488 228 134 to report them instead.

"If you find deceased flying-foxes on your property, avoid direct contact, and wear thick gardening or construction-style gloves and use a shovel or tongs to place the bodies into a heavy duty plastic or hessian bag, which you can then store in your wheelie bin.

"Council can be contacted on 3412 3412 if you find dead flying-foxes on public land – including your local park – to help with their collection, but we're generally not able to remove dead flying-foxes if they are in inaccessible locations such as high tree branches and waterways."

Cr Bradley said residents could contact Queensland Health on 13 HEALTH (13 432 584) for more information about flying-foxes and potential impacts on human health.

Learn more about about heat stress on local wildlife.