Cussen Park Tatura Closes Temporarily Due To Flying Foxes

10,000 spotted in area!

Cussen Park Tatura Closes Temporarily Due To Flying Foxes Photo: New Scientist

The flying fox numbers in Cussen Park are 'flying' high.

Greater Shepparton City Council has closed the top half of the northern loop track at Cussen Park in Tatura due to the presence of around 10,000 flying foxes.

 The flying fox mothers are finishing up nursing their young. Photo: bats.org.au

The temporary closure is to prevent disturbance of the camp, potentially causing them to move to less desirable locations in town.

It also minimizes the chance of people and pets coming into direct contact with the flying foxes which carries a health risk.

During this time of year, the flying fox mothers are finishing up nursing their young, which means the young will stay behind in the camp at night while their mothers go out foraging. 

Residents are asked to observe the path closure signs and refrain from disturbing the flying foxes whilst they are roosting at their present site.

Residents should not handle flying foxes due to diseases. Photo: birdgard.com.au

It is anticipated that colder weather and diminishing food supplies will see the flying foxes move to warmer regions over the next couple of months.

Flying foxes are under enormous pressure and there has been a significant decline in numbers as a result of loss of their prime feeding habitat and disruptions to their camp sites.

The closure zone will be adjusted, as required.

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