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Public urged to avoid wild animals after rabid skunk cases

Oct. 18, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Suburban Detroit officials are urging the public to stay away from wild animals after nearly a dozen cases of rabies have been confirmed in skunks. Oakland County health officials said Thursday a dead skunk found in West Bloomfield tested positive for rabies, bringing the number of...

El Malpais monument closes cave to protect hibernating bats

Oct. 12, 2019 12:55 AM EDT

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 the bats that hibernate inside the cave over the winter months will not be disturbed. Eric Weaver, the monument's...

More cases of rabies in skunks confirmed in Detroit area

Oct. 9, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

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 were in Southfield and Farmington Hills and that rabies has been verified so far this year in eight skunks and four bats...

University study says wind turbines threaten migrating bats

Sep. 22, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

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 University-Cascades. The study concludes that the hoary bat faces an uncertain future because its numbers have declined by 2% per year,...

Idaho officials say cat has rabies, first case in decades

Sep. 19, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

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 behaving aggressively and bit its owner. It tested positive for a strain of rabies normally associated with bats. The...

Hawaii wind farm allowed to increase incidental bat deaths

Sep. 14, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

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 said. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Department of Land and Natural Resources accepted Auwahi Wind...

2 puppies euthanized after contact with rabid bats

Sep. 13, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

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. KATU-TV reports Cowlitz County environmental health manager Season Long said Friday a 4-month-old and a 5-month old German...

Rabid bats found along river in Grand Canyon National Park

Sep. 12, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

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. A statement released Thursday by park officials said the bats were deceased when collected last month and that the bats didn't come into...

Bat appreciation day to be held at former Connecticut prison

Sep. 2, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

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 . The underground tunnels at the former prison, Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine in East Granby, are the winter home of several state-endangered bat species. On...

Federally threatened bats discovered at Homestead monument

Sep. 1, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Man's best friend may be dogs, but a farmer's best friend is arguably bats. And a spreading fungal disease affecting bats may cost the agriculture industry 3.7 billion dollars or more. All bats in the United States eat insects, some eating half their bodyweight or more each night. The...