Batemans Bay, a tourist community in southern Australia is in a ‘state of emergency’ because it has been overtaken by swarming bats. Residents are desperate for immediate solution. However, the gray-headed flying foxes are considered a susceptible species so residents and officials cannot just kill them.
These flying invaders are found “on almost every surface and in every tree”. Danielle went on, telling Sky News, “The bats came and they are just out of control. We just can’t do anything because of them. I can’t open the windows, I can’t use the clotheslines, it’s just, I can’t study because the noise just goes constantly. I can’t concentrate. It’s not fun.”
There are about 100,000 bats gathered in town according to Sky News. The situation is extreme. Flying Fox Task Force Russell Schneider claimed, “This is the biggest, this is unprecedented. They’ve never been seen in these numbers.”
New South Wales Environment Minister Mark Speakman told the Australian Broadcasting Company, “We’ve had many residents complain, they feel they’re prisoners in their own homes, they can’t go out, they have to have air conditioning on the whole time, windows closed.”
While the people who live in town want to end this massive problem as soon as possible, animal rights groups advise them to be patient, saying the bats will move out on their own in time.