The Conflict Between Pteropodid Bats and Fruit Growers: Species, Legislation and Mitigation

  title={The Conflict Between Pteropodid Bats and Fruit Growers: Species, Legislation and Mitigation},
  author={Sheema A Aziz and Kevin J. Olival and Sara Bumrungsri and G. C. Richards and Paul A. Racey},
Pteropodid bats damage a wide range of fruit crops, exacerbated by continuing loss of their natural food as forests are cleared. In some countries where such damage occurs, bats are not legally protected. In others, as a result of pressure from fruit growers, legal protection is either not implemented or overridden by legislation specifically allowing the killing of bats. Lethal control is generally ineffective and often carried out with shotguns making it an animal welfare issue, as many more… 

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