Moreton Bay Regional Council urges residents to avoid flying foxes affected by heat

Moreton Bay Regional Council is working with local Bat Care groups to monitor the wellbeing of the region's flying fox colonies with higher than usual temperatures of up to 38 degrees forecast for today.

Older and juvenile flying-foxes are primarily at risk of heat stress during extended periods of hot weather, particularly when temperatures exceed 40 degrees.

Council staff and Bat Care volunteers are monitoring known roosts at Ferny Hills, Albany Creek, Wararba Creek, Bribie Island and Woodford.

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

Residents should avoid coming into contact with heat-stressed or deceased flying foxes.

Heat-stressed or large numbers of deceased flying foxes should be reported to the RSPCA, 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625), or council on 3205 0555.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recommends care be taken when disposing of flying-foxes bodies on private property by wearing thick gardening gloves and using a shovel or tongs to place the deceased animals into a heavy duty plastic bag for disposal in your wheelie bin.  

More information about about flying-foxes and potential impacts on human health is available from Queensland Health by calling 13 HEALTH (13 432 584).

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