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World’s Largest Bat Colony in Texas Protected

November 6, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Every year, 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats migrate from Mexico to Bracken Cave in central Texas to give birth and raise their young. The bats eat more than 100 tons of agricultural insect pests and mosquitoes in just one night and save farmers millions of dollars in damaged crops. But the bats were threatened when Galo Properties wanted to build 4,000 houses just south of Bracken Cave, right in the bats’ flight path. Environmentalists fought to save their home, and in October, the San Antonio City Council signed a deal to protect the bat sanctuary from future development. It’s a huge win for bats in Texas — but bats elsewhere in the U.S. need your help. Over 5.5 million bats in the Northeast and Canada have died from white nose syndrome, and now the timber industry is threatening to destroy their remaining habitat. Click here to sign the petition to protect the northern long-eared bat.

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  1. narhvalur
    November 6, 2014 at 07:31
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