FLYING foxes have flocked out of Gladstone.
Usually spotted at the bottom of Palm Dr and Goondoon St, long-time resident Trevor Bohan said he noticed a change a fortnight ago and suggests diesel fumes could be the problem.
"It doesn't worry me that they aren't here, but it is strange they have left," Mr Bohan said.
DERM manager of Wildlife Management Operations Mike Devery said air pollution would be an unlikely factor in relocation of flying fox colonies.
"Flying fox colonies have been known to relocate overnight in search of new food sources, sometimes returning to the original site relatively quickly, sometimes years later and sometimes not at all," he said.