News

Barbed wire fence proves fatal for flying foxes

INJURED BATS: Wildlife carer Christine Wynne with one of the bats rescued from the fence at the Innes Park Quarry. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
INJURED BATS: Wildlife carer Christine Wynne with one of the bats rescued from the fence at the Innes Park Quarry. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

THE slow and painful death of protected little red flying foxes, caught in a barbed wire fence at Innes Park, has distressed an Elliott Heads wildlife carer.

Queensland Wildlife Carers and Volunteers Association president Christine Wynne said she was alerted to the flying foxes after her daughter saw a Facebook post about 10.30pm Tuesday.

Ms Wynne said she's disappointed no one contacted her earlier.

Able to save five animals by detangling them from the fence Wednesday morning, Ms Wynne also removed two dead ones and said three more appeared to have struggled off the fence themselves but died on the ground below.

"To hang there for days and just die of dehydration - and it would take a few days - it's just horrific," she said.

"And the pain they would be in, poor little things."

Stuck in the perimeter fence of the Boral Quarry on Back Windermere Rd, Ms Wynne guessed the flying foxes were attracted to water just behind the fence.

"I'd say what happening is these little guys are flying down to get the water and then flying up and getting stuck on the fence," she said.

"It (the fence) seems to be fairly new, its got cyclone wire and then three runs of barbed wire along the top."

Brought to tears by the creatures suffering, Ms Wynne said one of the flying foxes had wire through its mouth.

"It was just horrible. His wing was stuck up around his mouth as well," she said.

"But he's not looking real good so he still might not make it."

INJURED BATS: Wildlife carer Christine Wynne with one of the bats rescued from the fence at the Innes Park Quarry Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
INJURED BATS: Wildlife carer Christine Wynne with one of the bats rescued from the fence at the Innes Park Quarry Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Ms Wynne said little red flying foxes don't live in one area permanently and travel thousands of kilometres looking for native gums and flowers which is why they play an important role in pollinating trees.

A specialist bat and flying fox carer for 15 years, Ms Wynne said barbed wire was a hazard for all sorts of native wildlife including birds and owls, gliders and kangaroos. She urged any resident or business to think about whether they really needed it.

Ms Wynne has approached Boral to ask them to consider removing the barbed wire.

A spokesman for Boral said the company took any incidents involving local fauna at its operations seriously.

"Despite this being a very rare event, Boral is taking immediate actions to minimise the chance of any further occurrences, which includes the installation of bunting/flagging on the fence line," he said.

"Boral has reported the incident to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) and has been in ongoing contact with the local wildlife carer who attended the site today (yesterday)."

An EHP spokeswoman confirmed there were no specific guidelines relating to fences and wildlife but landholders were encouraged to be mindful of the impacts fencing can have on native animals and to consider modifications which may reduce the risk of entanglement.

"For example, barbed wire fencing can be made more visible with the use of white or coloured fence tapes which flicker in the breeze. This also creates a noise as an additional warning to wildlife," she said.

Ms Wynne also urged anyone who saw a sick or injured native animal, especially a flying fox or bat, to call her immediately on 4159 6431.

INJURED BATS: Wildlife carer Christine Wynne with one of the bats rescued from the fence at the Innes Park Quarry Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
INJURED BATS: Wildlife carer Christine Wynne with one of the bats rescued from the fence at the Innes Park Quarry Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott


Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

No rain in sight and the struggle is here now

NO RAIN: Moore Park Cane grower Nick Glass is struggling to grow a decent crop in the hot dry weather.

Records may break this month but not the ones you would hope for

Want free stuff from Aldi? Here's how

Aldi is looking for product samplers.

FINALLY, the wait is over.

Local Partners

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

AUSSIE hip hop outfit Bliss N Eso have announced they will play a tribute show for the stuntman killed during the filming of their music video.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

MKR turns spiteful in suddendeath elimination

Alyse and Matt battled Josh and Amy in a spiteful elimination cook-off.

Bottom of the ladder faces off in spiteful sudden-death cook-off.

Jilted Married At First Sight groom rejected again

Is Married at First Sight groom's second chance over already?

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!