a substantial minority mistakenly believed that flying-foxes pose a direct infection risk to humans,
The influx of large numbers often precipitates community angst, typically stemming from concerns about loss of social amenity, economic loss or negative health impacts
We conducted an on-line survey to capture community attitudes and opinions on flying-foxes
often precipitates some community angst . The reasons for this are broadly twofold: firstly, nuisance and loss of social amenity, and secondly, health concerns
were primarily interested in comparing responses from communities where flying-fox management was and was not topical
damage mitigation permi
to disperse or modify a roost from the state wildlife authority
DMP postcode respondents were also more likely to respond in the affirmative to these two questions, and more likely to be concerned that flying-foxes might affect water quality, damage property, create noise, generate smell and cause disease.
For example, nearly 40% of respondents indicated that flying foxes had caused them personal concern. This response is not consistent with a net over-representation of ‘pro’ bat respondents.
with the predominant source of information being the authoritative state government.
Interestingly, while the internet was a secondary source of information, its reliability was heavily discounted
Interestingly, DMP respondents were less likely to report flying-foxes foraging in their garden, suggesting that the presence of an urban roost may not necessarily translate to increased flying-foxes foraging in urban gardens, but rather in urban and peri-urban remnant vegetation.
Nearly three-quarters of all respondents thought the ecological role of flying-foxes was important, including a majority of DMP postcode respondents
Additional comments support this interpretation in that they frequently expressed anger and resentment at the perception that flying-foxes were being put before people, reflected in the legislative protections afforded flying-foxes and the complexity of the formal damage mitigation process
esulted in faecal soiling and smell that prevented families using their yards, damaged property and negatively impacted property values
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