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Gryff picked up another dead bat

This is the second dead bat in 4 days. This one was across the street on my neighbor's property. I called the health department after the first one, but they never called back. The vet wasn't worried about Gryff getting sick. He didn't bite into the bat, he just picked it up and (like a good dog) dropped it when I told him to.

I can't imagine what the mosquitoes are going to be like this summer if we keep losing the bats.

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Hmm... Did the bat have a white nose?

Apparently something's killing bats in the NorthEast... and it might be white fungus
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Neither of them appeared to, but I didn't look too closely. They were both real tiny bats.

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I know I wouldn't be inspecting them either. That's pretty gross and scary since rabies can be spread through saliva and blood.

It's great that Gryff's listening and dropping them though. Now if he'd only not pick them up to begin with, right?
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Ivy, I would call the health department again, and this time stress that there are more than one dead bats in one small area. Maybe one of the neighbors has poison out or someting, and if Gryff does eat one, he could get poisoned. I would demand a response from the health Dept.

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Ivy, you could also call the CDC. they may have in interest if one dog has run into 2 dead bats in 4 days. I know they are concerned about West Nile and EEE. I don't envy you. gross. But good Gryff for "drop it."




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Hmm... Did the bat have a white nose?

Apparently something's killing bats in the NorthEast... and it might be white fungus
Ani, thanks for posting that, it's very interesting and might apply to what's going on near Ivy.

Ivy, there is a link on that website to send them information if you have found dead bats in your area. They might respond personally with more information for you if you email them.

I agree with Laurie, I would call the health department again.

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This is the second dead bat in 4 days. This one was across the street on my neighbor's property. I called the health department after the first one, but they never called back. The vet wasn't worried about Gryff getting sick. He didn't bite into the bat, he just picked it up and (like a good dog) dropped it when I told him to.

I can't imagine what the mosquitoes are going to be like this summer if we keep losing the bats.
I don't want to appear TOO dumb here, but what does losing bats have to do with mosquitoes?
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I don't want to appear TOO dumb here, but what does losing bats have to do with mosquitoes?
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Not dumb at all. Bats feed on insects including mosquitoes.
I didn't know that until I saw bats from a friends balcony in Nebraska (previously lived in LA). She told me they can be good to have around after I "Eeeeew"ed. :-)

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Bats eat tons of mosquitos...they're great for that.

Here's a quote from howstuffworks website:

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The little brown bat, one of the most common North American bat species, can catch and eat as many as 1,200 mosquitoes in one hour. The famous colony of Mexican free-tail bats that lives underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas, will eat up to 30,000 pounds of insects in a single night.
I used to live in Austin...seeing the bats come out from underneath Congress bridge at night is an event. People by the hundreds gather every night in summer to see it.

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