El Malpais monument closes cave to protect hibernating bats
GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — Junction Cave at El Malpais National Monument is closed for the season.
Monument officials said Friday that the closure is expected to be in effect until April to ensure...
More cases of rabies in skunks confirmed in Detroit area
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Officials have confirmed two new cases of rabies in skunks found in suburban Detroit communities.
Oakland County's health division says Wednesday that the skunks...
University study says wind turbines threaten migrating bats
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Pacific Northwest bat that that migrates south for the winter faces a serious threat from wind turbines, according to a study by the by Oregon State...
Idaho officials say cat has rabies, first case in decades
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho health officials say a cat has tested positive for rabies for the first time in 27 years.
The Department of Health and Welfare says the cat in Owyhee County was...
Hawaii wind farm allowed to increase incidental bat deaths
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii state and federal agencies have approved an energy company's request to increase the number of allowed incidental bat deaths at its Maui wind farm, officials...
2 puppies euthanized after contact with rabid bats
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Officials say two German shepherd puppies were euthanized after they came into contact with bats that tested positive for rabies in southwestern Washington.
Rabid bats found along river in Grand Canyon National Park
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park officials say two dead bats found along the Colorado River inside the park tested positive for rabies.
Bat appreciation day to be held at former Connecticut prison
EAST GRANBY, Conn. (AP) — The nation's oldest prison will be the backdrop for a day devoted to the importance of conserving bats in Connecticut .
Rabies-carrying bats raising alarm in southwest Utah
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Health officials are raising alarm after receiving several reports of people interacting with rabies-carrying bats in southwest Utah.
Glacier park resident scratched by bat with rabies
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — A Glacier National Park resident is undergoing rabies vaccinations after being scratched by a rabid bat.
Park administrators said it's the first known case of a...
Bat protections approved along Indiana ‘heavy haul’ corridor
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana development board has approved bat habitat protections along a $34 million road for heavy trucks that's under construction.
Person bitten by rabid bat in Grand Teton gets treatment
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A person bitten by a bat in western Wyoming underwent treatment for rabies.
Grand Teton National Park officials say the unidentified person recently visited Jenny Lake as...
Health officials: Rabid bat found outside Illinois home
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Health officials say a rabid bat has been found outside a home in Woodstock in northeastern Illinois.
The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports Friday that several...
8 Nevada cases of rabies in bats; 4 in Washoe County
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Department of Agriculture says eight bats recently tested positive for rabies, including four in Washoe County.
Person bitten by rabid bat in Breitenbush area
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Public health officials are warning residents to be careful after a person was bitten by a rabid bat in southeast of Salem in the Breitenbush area.
Man bitten by rabid bat in southern Oregon home
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Officials say a west Medford man was bitten by a rabid bat July 16 after he found it flopping around in his home.
The Mail Tribune reports the unidentified man has...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bat found in northeastern Kansas has tested positive for rabies.
Topeka television station KSNT reports that the bat was found in Shawnee County. The Shawnee County...
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Volunteers seek last survivors of devastating bat disease
HOLTWOOD, Pa. (AP) — Hiking through the deep River Hills ravine of Kelly's Run Nature Preserve in southern Lancaster County is not a walk in the park at any time. There are rock-hopping stream...
Fungus that affects bats discovered in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The National Park Service says the fungus that causes a deadly disease in bats has been discovered in North Dakota.
SOUTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man got a big surprise as he went to close up his iPad. A bat was wedged between the back of the device and its cover and bit his finger.
Lincoln woman recalls experience of finding bat in her home
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Deb Arends knows a lot about bats.
She knows that a single bat can eat a thousand mosquitoes in an hour, that they eat the mosquitoes in flight.
Abandoned state forest mine now habitat for threatened bats
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — More than a century after the last shift of miners and final load of coal exited a hillside portal overlooking Middlelick Branch in what is now Kanawha State Forest, work...
Fungal disease decimates Minnesota’s bat population
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Half of Minnesota's bat species are nearing extinction because of a potentially fatal fungal disease.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources found that the...
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease control is trying to locate several people who handled a rabid bat with their bare hands last weekend in Bangor.
Coulee Region Humane Society rescues awakened bats
ONALASKA, Wis. (AP) — It's best to let sleeping bats lie in winter.
When bats prematurely wake from their hibernation and leave their haunts — as some did after polar vortex conditions gave way to 40 degree temperatures — they may die. But it's not the cold that kills them, it's the extra activity.
Migrating bat swarms causing headaches for some schools
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Swarms of bats have recently taken up residence at several schools in Louisiana.
The Advocate reports the swarms have caused some annoyance at Zachary High, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Vermilion Parish's Gueydan High in recent weeks.
United Bat Control Owner Kevin Koski says the animals are migrating north from Mexico to reach their breeding grounds by spring.
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Department: Possible rabies exposure from bat at Pacers game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials say people who had contact with a bat last week during an Indiana Pacers game have possibly been exposed to rabies.
Bat infestation forces closure of building at university
MONROE, La. (AP) — The University of Louisiana Monroe has closed a building until a colony of bats can be removed.
ULM's Public Relations Director, Hope Young, says Sugar Hall will be closed until the bats are removed and the building's vent system is cleaned. Young says classes and administrative offices have been moved until the vents are cleaned. Young says the bats entered through vents and the ceiling.
Hundreds of bats found at Louisiana high school
GUEYDAN, La. (AP) — Hundreds of bats have made their way into a Louisiana high school.
News outlets report that Vermilion Parish Schools Superintendent Jerome Puyau says Gueydan High School was closed Monday and will be closed Tuesday.
Puyau says they had 600 bats flying around the hallways. He says the animals may have found their way into the campus through a vent or some other opening.
Jazz mascot nets bat on court before game vs. Timberwolves
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It took a bear — Jazz Bear — to catch a bat and leave the high-flying hijinks to the NBA players.
A wayward bat flew around the court inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena about an hour before Utah's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, interrupting the pregame shooting routines of the likes of Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Ricky Rubio.
Endangered bats cause delay in Oklahoma road project
OKAY, Okla. (AP) — A project to rebuild 16 miles of Oklahoma Highway 16 between Okay and Wagoner is being delayed because of its possible effect on a population of endangered bats.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service halted the project to study whether sediment from the job site is affecting water quality near a population of gray bats and reducing the number of insects that serve as the bats' food supply, particularly in wetlands near the project.
She traveled a long road to become a rabbi
PITTSBURGH (AP) — While Cheryl Klein was studying Hebrew for her coming-of-age bat mitzvah in 1967, she began teaching her classmates.
"I was teaching them how to sing their haftarah (biblical passages). They needed some tutoring," Rabbi Klein recalled, adding that her tutoring rate was $1 an hour.
Back then, baby sitters earned 50 cents an hour, so the 12-year-old thought she had hit the lottery.
State to review application for wind farm
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is reviewing an application to build a new wind farm in a proposal that critics warned could kill birds and bats.
The Bangor Daily News reports the review process could take at least six months.
Mammoth Cave scientists studying white-nose syndrome
MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK, Ky. (AP) — Scientists at Mammoth Cave National Park are taking part in two studies regarding white-nose syndrome, or WNS.
WNS is caused by a fungus growing on bats' muzzles, wings and tails and while it is not harmful to humans, it is known to have killed millions of bats across the country.
Peoria-area woman being treated after bitten by rabid bat
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois woman is being treated for rabies exposure after being bitten by a rabid bat.
The Tazewell County Health Department confirmed the rabid bat bite this week.
The Journal Star reports it was the second rabid bat bite reported in the Peoria area this fall. Late in September a rabid bat bit a dog in Chillicothe. The dog was quarantined and given another round of rabies shots.
Pittsburg State University students monitor endangered bats
PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — For some biology students at Pittsburg State University, bats are not just a creature that emerges around Halloween time.
In fact, students under the instruction of assistant biology professor Andrew George have been monitoring bat activity a few times every week since last spring, the Joplin Globe reported.
Officials warn of exposure to rabid bat at Omaha school
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Health officials in Omaha are notifying parents that some students at a city middle school may have been exposed to a rabid bat was found on school grounds.
The Douglas County Health Department said Wednesday that the bat was found on the ground at Morton Middle School on Friday afternoon. The bat was sent to a state lab and tested positive for the infectious disease.
El Malpais soil tests positive for fungus lethal to bats
EL MALPAIS NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) — Test results indicate the presence of a fungus that has been linked to a disease lethal to bats in cave soil at El Malpais National Monument.
Officials at the monument said Tuesday tests done by an Arizona laboratory turned up low levels of the fungus that causes white nose syndrome, which has resulted in the deaths of millions of bats in other states.
Illnesses at Florida courthouse blamed on bat droppings
WAUCHULA, Fla. (AP) — Bat droppings are being blamed for causing breathing problems that made 13 workers ill at a Florida courthouse.
The Lakeland Ledger reports that workers at the Hardee County Courthouse on Thursday complained of coughing, itchy and scratchy throats, chest burning, red eyes, and itchy skin. Two people were treated and released from a hospital.
Bat tested positive for rabies at Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A bat collected from the bottom of the Grand Canyon has tested positive for rabies.
Park officials said Friday that visitors have reported an uptick in bats along the Colorado River.
No one is known to have come in contact with the rabid bat. It was taken from Phantom Ranch in late August and tested.
Bat in Grand Canyon National Park tests positive for rabies
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A bat from inside Grand Canyon National Park has tested positive for rabies.
Park officials said Friday that the bat was found on Aug. 31 in Phantom Ranch.
The animal did not come in contact with any humans but park visitors have reported an uptick in interaction with bats.
Minnesota Health Dept.: No human exposure to rabid bats
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say they have heard from the woman who dropped off two dead bats at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.
The Minnesota Department of Health says the woman called Wednesday morning, and it turns out there apparently there was no human exposure to the bats, which tested positive for rabies.
The department was trying to reach the woman, saying she may not know she, or others, were potentially exposed to the disease.
Vermont continues to study disease causing bat deaths
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has been awarded $25,000 in federal funding to study a deadly fungal infection that has devastated bat populations.
Health officials: Don’t chase a bat out of your home
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln-area health officials want people to refrain from chasing bats out of their homes.
Tim Timmons with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department says that if people shoo out bats, they can't be caught and tested for rabies. If someone in a house may have had contact with a bat, then he or she would need to undergo a rabies vaccine series as a precaution — an expensive proposition.
Discovery of rabid bat on school playground prompts closure
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A rabid bat has been found on a Kentucky elementary school's playground, prompting the school to close and check for more bats.
Utility plan aims to help protect bats, eagles at wind farms
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy Co. has filed a plan that it says will help protect bald eagles and four bat species at the company's wind farms.
The company says in a news release that the habitat conservation plan filed Thursday with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reflects four years of research.
Bat signal: Fireflies’ glow tells bats they taste awful
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fireflies flash not just for sex, but survival, a new study suggests.
Scientists wanted to find out if there's more to the lightning bug's signature blinking glow than finding a mate. Some experts had speculated it was a glaring signal to predators, like bats, that fireflies taste bad.