Arizona Fish and Game host a 'Bat night' - Tucson News Now

Arizona Fish and Game host a 'Bat night'

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

They kill nasty pests and help farmers, but they can also be very dangerous to touch.  We're talking about bats. 

Saturday night, the Arizona Department of Fish and Game, along with Pima County held a forum where people learned more about these creatures, and how they help across Southern Arizona.

Bats normally only come at nighttime, and one group of people on Saturday night, on Tucson's east side got a chance to see one up close. 

A bat expert with the group was able to catch one specimen with a net, the group was able to check out the bat up close, it was then released.

What the group learned – bats are built remarkably like humans, their rib cage is very similar; farmers love bats because they help control agricultural pests.  The group also learned that a single bat can kill up to a 1,000 mosquitoes, in one hour. 

Wildlife officials urge people though never to touch a bat.  The reason, while chances are very slim, is contracting rabies; a very small percentage of bats test positive for rabies. 

Several myths were also dispelled on Saturday night, such as bats being blind.  This is false, bats can see very well at night.

There are 15 to 20 species of bat in the Tucson area, and only one of them is endangered.

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