Flying foxes have returned to the Colac Botanic Gardens, with Colac Otway Shire Council waiting on the environment authority’s permission to begin a dispersal program.
The Colac Herald spotted around a dozen of the bats roosting across at least two trees yesterday afternoon.
It is unclear when the bats first arrived, but Colac Otway Shire Council services and operations manager Frank Castles said the council learned of their presence this week.
“Colac Otway Shire Council became aware early this week of around 50 to 60 grey headed flying foxes at the Colac Botanic Gardens,” Mr Castles said.
“Council currently has a Request to Control Wildlife with DELWP; the request is to disperse bats between March and September, which is outside birthing and nurturing season.
“Any plans council have to implement a relocation program rely on authorisation from DELWP,” he said.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.