Ditch deadly netting

Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network is urging locals to ditch deadly fruit netting in order to protect threatened species.
The network recently responded to three separate call-outs over 48 hours for two flying foxes and a goshawk that were entangled in netting.
While all three rescues had positive end outcomes, that is not always the case, said rescuer Mel Fraser.
“Fruit netting has trapped so many species, from flying foxes, raptors, parrots, sugar gliders and snakes,” Ms Fraser said.
“It causes horrible injuries that often result in a slow death but together we can work to create a safe way of enjoying the fruit on our trees while keeping the animals safe.”
The network advises use of wildlife safe netting with holes of 5mm or less which minimises the chance of entanglement. If your fingers can go through the holes, it’s considered unsafe.
The goshawk rescued in Gisborne was released back to the wild the same day but other rescues have been more complicated.
One of the flying foxes rescued in Riddells Creek required x-rays and a small amputation which has healed well and will not affect her in the wild. She was placed in a pre-release aviary with a colony at Yarra Bend on Saturday.
Members of the public are advised not to handle flying foxes as they pose a small risk of carrying lyssavirus.
Many Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network rescuers are vaccinated to handle bats and if you do have a flying fox caught up in netting it is advised to report it immediately to Wildlife Victoria so the team can assist with safe rescue.

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