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100,000 Bats Swarm Town: Just Be Patient, Residents Advised

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 May 2016 07:54 AM

100,000 bats have swarmed a town in Australia, forcing people to barricade themselves in their homes, and officials are saying just be patient and the furry flying guests will go away on their own. After all, they're endangered.

Residents of Batemans Bay in New South Wales told Sky News they feel like hostages in their homes as the bats have taken over many open spaces. 

"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," Danielle Smith said. "I can't concentrate. It's not fun. The bats came and they are just out of control. We just can't do anything because of them."

The grey-headed flying fox bats are listed as a vulnerable species, limiting the residents' options to get rid of them, noted Sky News.

ITV reported the New South Wales government has pledged $1.8 million to help the local council disperse the bats.

"The community really does want to see some action on this matter," Lindsay Brown, the council mayor said. "They've been living with this circumstance for a considerable period of time and causing a great deal of stress and distress to our community."

Russell Schneider, who was appointed earlier this month as chair of a task force to address the bat situation, told the Batemans Bay Post that getting rid of the infestation will take time and cause some inconveniences.

Schneider said such dispersals at times involve making noise before dawn and in the evening, along with using smoke.

"It is too big for any one organization to manage," Schneider told Post. "We have to acknowledge that dispersal of the bats is going to be inconvenient to people, but I believe most people will accept short-term pain for long-term gain."

"When dispersed, bats will attempt to colonize other areas, and we will need a rapid response to push them further away," he added.

Glenys Oogjes, with the animal rights group Animals Australia, told ITV that residents must show patience and allow the bats to leave naturally.

"We have to wait for the bats to move on and they will," Oogjes told ITV.

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