Tucson Wildlife Center responds to 32 dead, dying bats - Tucson News Now

Tucson Wildlife Center responds to 32 dead, dying bats

Reward will be given to anyone with information leading to arrest. (SOURCE: Tucson Wildlife Center) Reward will be given to anyone with information leading to arrest. (SOURCE: Tucson Wildlife Center)
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • BREAKING

    Man pantsed by spiked fence, found hanging upside down near school

    Man pantsed by spiked fence, found hanging upside down near school

    Friday, March 24 2017 8:28 PM EDT2017-03-25 00:28:38 GMT
    (Source: Jesse Sensibar / Facebook)(Source: Jesse Sensibar / Facebook)

    A man in Tucson learned a valuable lesson about climbing spiked fences while wearing baggy pants, according to a Facebook post.

    A man in Tucson learned a valuable lesson about climbing spiked fences while wearing baggy pants, according to a Facebook post.

  • About Tucson News Now

    About Us

    About Tucson News Now Tucson News Now is the Internet home for KOLD, the CBS affiliate in Tucson and KMSB, the FOX affiliate in Tucson. On Feb. 1, 2012, Raycom Media, Inc., which owns KOLD and the Belo

    Learn more about Tucson News Now.

  • Closed captioning information

    Closed captioning information

    Tuesday, March 22 2016 4:07 PM EDT2016-03-22 20:07:47 GMT
    Tuesday, March 22 2016 4:07 PM EDT2016-03-22 20:07:47 GMT

    FCC rules require broadcast stations to make sure that complaints about closed captioning can be easily made, and addressed in a timely manner. Station point of contact information for immediate concerns

    FCC rules require broadcast stations to make sure that complaints about closed captioning can be easily made, and addressed in a timely manner. Station point of contact information for immediate concerns

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson Wildlife Center responded to a call Monday evening in regards to 32 bats found dead and dying.

The bats were discovered under the Benson Highway Bridge near the Sheriff's Department on Tucson's Southside.

A Good Samaritan passing by found the bats and called Tucson Wildlife Center for help. It appeared they all had been beaten possibly earlier that morning.

All of the bats were immediately transported to Tucson Wildlife Center to determine the extent of their injuries. 20 were dead on arrival and 12 had to be euthanized due to multiple broken bones and internal trauma. Only one remains alive in guarded condition.

"It's most likely that an entire family has been wiped out due to this cruel act," said Lisa Bates, President of Tucson Wildlife Center. "These bats suffered a great pain for a long period of time before they were found," said Bates.

Bats are the only flying mammal in the world and are invaluable in keeping Tucson healthy by consuming cast amounts of mosquitos nightly. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information about the bats are urged to call the AGFD Operation Game Thief program at 1-800-352-0700 anytime. You can remain anonymous. Please reference OGT#13-002821. 

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved. 

Powered by Frankly