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RE: Re: Happy Bats


In our area, fox and skunk carry the most rabies.  Fortunately, we have
been part of an experiment where vaccination is achieved by dropped food. 
Wonder if this could be done for the bats?


> [Original Message]
> From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 8/30/2006 9:26:22 AM
> Subject: [CHAT] Re: Happy Bats
>
> Yeah, it's here.  Had some people die from Rabies here, they found  lots
of 
> bats with rabies.  Bats have always been a bit of a concern, they  seem
to like 
> to live in the walls of appartment buildings.  So they are  often 
> "exterminated", unfortunately.  But it's like that with  everything. 
People like the 
> beneficial critters (bees, bats, etc.) as long  as they are not IN their
house.  
> It's not quite as bad as it sounds, like it's open hunting season on bats
or 
> anything.  It's basically within apartment complexes where the bats seem 
to 
> make homes.  In a way I understand, since hundreds can colonize in a 
wall, 
> the smell of the bat guano is terrible, and they make a ton of  noise. 
Now with 
> the rabies scare, it has just gotten more  publicity.   There are plenty
more 
> bats around though.....they sell  bat houses in stores, etc.  so it's not 
> quite as bad as one pictures with a  bunch of wild Texans running around
shooting 
> at bats.  LOL  No  shortage of bats either way in Texas.  There are
plenty.  
> They even  have tourists that come to view the bats.  People are  always 
> warned not to touch the bats, or pick up an injured animal.....to  call
animal 
> control.  
>  
> Noreen
> zone 9
> Texas Gulf Coast
>  
> In a message dated 8/29/2006 11:02:32 PM Central Standard Time,  
> gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
>
> I think  Houston or maybe Galveston, 
> someplace very humid in Texas is having a heck  of a time with some rabid 
> bats and idiots are running around killing every  bat they can find. 
Which 
> of course is a big mistake considering  their mosquito population.
>
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