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Planned flying fox cull will harm endangered species, scientists warn

Flying fox cull will harm endangered species: scientists warn Officials in Mauritius are planning to cull flying foxes, the large bat species native to the small African island nation. Farmers blame the bat for commercial fruit losses, but scientists argue a cull is unnecessary and could spell the end for the endangered species.

According to a new study published in the journal Oryx, the Mauritian flying fox is only responsible for a small -- and manageable -- amount of fruit losses. Additionally, scientists determined the species performs a variety of vital ecological services.

The bat's pollination and seed dispersal services are essential to the health of the islands largest tree species and the growth of the nation's threatened forests.

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