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This is the emotional debate that’s raging between fruit growers and conservationists in Queensland over the spectacled flying fox fruit bat. Both sides are uncompromising. For growers, the bat colonies are out of control and ruining their livelihoods. But the conservationists say the bat populations are vulnerable, and if farmers can’t continue growing fruit without killing the bats, they should stop farming.
So who’s right? Currently nobody knows. Both sides depend on highly dubious population figures, based on visual counts. Science has been called upon by both sides to provide some hard facts.
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Jenny Maclean: I think there are very few people who would dispute the fact that the numbers are going down, it’s just the rate at which they’re going down and what the absolute figures are.
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Shane O’Connor: Have you ever seen flying foxes fly out at night? I mean how on earth could any sensible person say they can accurately count them. I know they say they can, but it’s a load of rubbish, we need to get some science into it. We uk canada goose need to find out really what’s happening.
Narration: Watching the bats fly out, it’s easy to see why there’s been so much disagreement over bat numbers.
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Narration: Eventually she’ll build up a bat map of North Queensland. It will tell farmers whether they’re just killing local bats or those from colonies all around Queensland as well.
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Narration: But DNA profiling alone can’t answer the big question how many bats can the farmers kill without placing the speckled flying fox at risk.
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