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Mauritius: Bats, real threat for fruits, soon tracked by GPS

Bats have become the haunt of mango growers, who are furious against the heavy losses suffered by the fruit industry in Mauritius.
50% of the mangoes had been devoured last year by these flying mammals according to professionals of the fruit sector.
To curb this threat and better understand the activities of endemic bats of the Mascarene region, the fauna and flora association, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), will in the near future equip the flying mammals with GPS geolocalisation system.
A Britain specialist is thus currently in Mauritius for the implementation of this high scale experimentation project, as reported in the L’Express newspaper of Mauritius.
As a reminder, some 55.000 bats had lately been identified in Mauritius.
The colonies of Pteropus Niger bats attack since several years to fruit crops in the island.
Only the use of protection of nets to fight against bats had been advocated for the time being on the side of authorities.

Fabrice François

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