Prevent culling of bats around fruit orchards
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Bats are frequently shot, persecuted and even legally culled around fruit orchards to prevent damage to or loss of fruit crops. This is likely to have a significant impact on the survival of fruit bat populations. For example, the Mauritius fruit bat Pteropus niger has undergone an estimated population decline of 50% since government-implemented culling took place in 2015 and 2016 (Vincenot et al 2017).
Vincenot C.E., Florens F.B.V. & Kingston T. (2017) Can we protect island flying foxes? Science, 355, 1368–1370.