THE bid to move on hundreds of thousands of flying foxes that swooped back into the town of Gayndah at Christmas has had some success, with the trouble species moving further down the banks of the Burnett River.
Their arrival came just when the North Burnett thought their black bat days were over, after being "bat free" since May last year.
Mayor Don Waugh said on Christmas Eve, 13,500 of the winged animals settled into the trees on the St Joseph's School grounds, as well as two adjacent homes.
"Residents in the area were given spotlights on timers to encourage the dispersal of flying foxes over the Christmas break," Mr Waugh said.
Despite their efforts, a further check on January 2 revealed an estimated population of between 100,000-200,000 flying foxes in the area.
A small colony of black flying foxes which are pregnant, or have dependant young, have stayed in the area and are not able to be dispersed under the council's permit.
"These numbers appear to have increased from 3000-5000," Cr Waugh said.
The council then began dispersal activity in and around the school, including noise, lights, fogging and the use of Birdfrite, which release a noise similar to fireworks.
Cr Waugh said the attempt had reduced the number of flying foxes that had then relocated to the river beds further downstream.
"We now have almost three years of historical records which indicate there may be significant numbers of reds returning around February," he said.
"Council is currently monitoring the flying fox situation each morning as well as several times throughout the day and will continue to undertake dispersal activities should the need arise."
Should flying foxes attempt to roost in trees, residents are advised to undertake non-harmful activities to detract them, such as making a loud noise with pots and pans.
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