Thanks to our Wildlife Rehabilitation Program and dedicated staff, we've been successfully housing 60 plus bats over the winter months.
"There are no insects around so their food source dwindles," said Kathy Kasakaitas, Animal Control Supervisor.
The bats we house are cave bats and the most common ones are specifically, "little brown bats" and "big brown bats."
These bats find their way to us when they unfortunately wake up from hibernation during rapid weather changes. They wake up and find themselves in an environment with minimal food sources and a lack of shelter from the cold. When they're cold, they often find shelter in people's homes, and that's where Animal Control comes in to help.
Bats are crucial to the ecosystem and can eat multiple times their body weight in mosquitoes. But sadly, due to "White-nose syndrome" the bat population is shrinking. Luckily, our bats will be released back into the wild when the weather warms up (hopefully soon!)
As always, we encourage everyone to give us a call with any wildlife concerns- and that includes bats! A staff member can be reached at 608-781-4014.
Sincerely, Taylor Bates and CRHS Bat #47
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