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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
Carlsbad Caverns’ 500K bats face threat of deadly syndrome
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The half a million bats that call Carlsbad Caverns National Park home could face the threat of the deadly white nose syndrome.
8 Madison County residents treated for potential rabies
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Eight residents of a southwestern Montana county underwent precautionary treatment for rabies after being exposed to bats within the last three weeks.
The Montana Standard reports health officials aren't sure if anyone was bitten.
Rabies alert for Florida city after infected bat found
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A rabies alert has been issued in a Florida city after a bat tested positive for the dangerous disease.
The alert was issued by the state health department for part of Boca Raton. Tests results last week confirmed the bat was rabid.
Bat found in Omaha neighborhood tests positive for rabies
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Health officials in Omaha say a bat found in the Dundee neighborhood has tested positive for rabies.
The Douglas County Health Department and Nebraska Humane Society say the bat was found earlier this week.
Officials say it's approaching the time of year when bats begin to seek shelter in homes to keep warm at night.
3 bats with rabies reported in Natrona County
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Three bats in Natrona County have tested positive for rabies since June 7.
KTWO-AM reports the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that is a significant increase from past years.
Dr. Karl Musgrave is the Wyoming Department of Health public health veterinarian.
Florida official wants to use bats to reduce mosquitoes
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida official has proposed using bats to reduce mosquito populations.
POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife biologists have mounted an emergency effort to locate and identify bat species across the state, following the discovery of a fungus that causes fatal white-nose syndrome in the animals.
QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — When the sun sets and nearby Marines wind down for the evening, Sam Freeze suits up and goes bat hunting.
Six nights a week in the summer, the doctoral student at Virginia Tech tromps through the woods at Marine Corps Base Quantico in search of northern long-eared bats — a species decimated by a mysterious disease in recent years. Most nights, the search comes up short.
Rabid bat found in Eagle Point
EAGLE POINT, Ore. (AP) — Public health officials say a rabid bat was found in the southwestern Oregon town of Eagle Point after a resident brought it in for testing.
Jackson Baures of Jackson County Public Health says the bat flew into an unidentified resident on July 13 and then fell to the ground and flopped around.
The bat tested positive for rabies at Oregon State University.
SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who was helping a friend into a car at a large retirement community felt something hit her arm but thought nothing of it until she went home and found a bat clinging to her arm.
The woman squished the bat and reported it to the Health Department, which said Thursday that the animal had tested positive for rabies.
The state Health Department says the woman is being treated.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health officials say several bats found around the state this year have tested positive for rabies, including seven in Lincoln.
State Public Health Veterinarian Bryan Buss says bats are a common carrier of rabies in the state. Buss says late summer is Nebraska's peak time for testing bats because of higher levels of bat activity.
CALEDONIA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife officials are having trouble catching enough specimens for their study of the declining population of the federally threatened northern long-ear bat.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say they're seeing higher numbers of bats with rabies.
The Department of Health and Human Services says its labs had diagnosed 22 bats with the fatal illness as of June 28. A year ago, the total was nine.
MBANDAKA, Congo (AP) — For 25 years, Patrick Matondo has earned a living buying and selling monkeys, bats and other animals popularly known as bush meat along the Congo River. Standing on the riverbank in Mbandaka, a city affected by the deadly new outbreak of the Ebola virus, the father of five said that for the first time he's worried he won't be able to support his family.
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County health officials are warning residents to be aware of rabid bats.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health says two bats in the metro Phoenix area have tested positive for rabies in the past week.
The agency says one bat was found in the parking lot of a Costco store in north Phoenix on Wednesday.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The National Park Service says a fungus that causes a deadly disease of bats has been detected on bats in South Dakota for the first time.
The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome was detected on one western small-footed bat and four big brown bats in Jackson County at Badlands National Park last month.
Vermont is looking for volunteer bat counters
FERRISBURGH, Vt. (AP) — As Vermont continues to monitor the endangered little brown bat, the Fish and Wildlife Department is looking for volunteers to count bats in the Champlain Valley and several other sites around the state this summer.
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A century-old gold mine is a curious place, and that's a problem for those whose job it is to find bats and blasting caps as worrisome as the public finds them to be wondrous.
Bat fungus found in Wyoming for first time
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife researchers have detected the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats.
The finding of the fungus at the Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Goshen County is the first in the state.
But officials say the discovery does not mean the bat found with fungus has white-nose syndrome.
SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in Washington state say four bats tested positive for rabies in May.
The Washington State Department of Health tells KING-TV that that's the highest number of rabid bats in May in the last 20 years.
One of the rabid bats bit a University of Washington student after he picked it up.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A recently published study by University of Wisconsin researchers found the bats they studied ate 17 different types of mosquitoes, including nine that are potential carriers of the West Nile Virus.
Researchers studied two species of bats; the little brown bat and the big brown bat, Wisconsin Public Radio reported . The study was published in the Journal of Mammalogy.