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People reminded of bat exclusion period June 1-Aug. 15

Cold, wet spring has reports of sick, dead bats rising

10:17 AM, May 15, 2013
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Wisconsin's cave bats have seemingly avoided a deadly bat disease for another year, but a cold wet spring has been tough on them, prompting lots of citizen reports about sick or dead bats and underscoring the need for people to avoid accidentally separating mother bats from their babies during nursing season, state bat experts say.

"The cold weather extending into the spring months has been tough on bats and that's been reflected in the high rate of sick or dead bat reports we've been receiving," says Heather Kaarakka, Department of Natural Resources bat roost coordinator.

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