Re: Bats & Rabies

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Posted by Bat fan again on January 26, 2004 at 18:14:23:

In Reply to: Re: Bats & Rabies posted by LeRoy on January 26, 2004 at 09:39:44:

All I meant by my statement was you needed to reword what you said. The statement of in extreme rare instances they carry rabies should have said Human contracting rabies is rare is more like it. Like I said human ignorance is the major cause for the decline of our population here in the states. Quote from the site you link to: ( Bats play key roles in keeping a wide variety of insect populations in balance. Yet, they rank as North America's most rapidly declining and endangered land mammals. The largest known cause of decline is exaggerated human fear and persecution.) Another myth is that they get caught up in people's hair! I've encounter hundreds of bats while exploring caves and being in mines and have never had one come even close to getting caught in my hair! I can't remember where I read the article but a quote from a well accredited Biologist said if we were to completely eradicate the worlds population of bats it would bring the human species to it's knees because of insect over population. Which is not to hard to imagine seeing how much one bat in it self consumes each night. Can't remember which species but remember reading that it consumes it own weight each night in insects. If you ever get the chance and your ever in the area of Carlsbad Caverns in late spring or summer time check out the bat flight they have every evening! It's something you'll remember a long time! Oh yea and don't forget to have a hat! Would'nt want any bats get caught in your hair LOL

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