ONCE again we read of problems with flying foxes, this time that drought has depleted their normal food sources and they now scavenge commercial fruit crops and private fruit trees.
The answer to this problem is quite simple and has the double benefit of a source of cheap red meat.
Until the drought is declared at an end, remove the protected species status. Blackbokus are a delicacy in Papua. They are hunted with a bow and arrows as gunshots scare the other roosting animals limiting the number brought to earth.
The flesh is a delicate pink and has a taste and texture between rabbit and young goat.
I have a delicious recipe for fricassee of flying fox from a friend from Hanuabada village.
Should the protection be lifted temporarily, keep in mind care should betaken, including the use of latex gloves, when handling the dead animals.