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<div class="quote-block"><b>After Rabies Death, Dark Days for Bats<br><br>
Houston residents stomp the critters and fumigate after an area teen is fatally bitten.</b><br><br>
By Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer<br><br>
August 14, 2006<br><br><br><br>
HOUSTON Residents usually aren't much rattled by what nature throws their way here, but the death this spring of an area teenager infected with rabies by a bat that flew into his bedroom hit a nerve. Throughout the summer amid reports of rabid bats in family garages and after the bat takeover of an apartment complex led to its evacuation and closure a citizen war on bats has been waged in backyards across the county.<br><br><br><br>
Bearing much of the brunt is the Mexican free-tailed bat the species suspected in the teen's death and one of 11 species known to thrive on Houston's plentiful supply of insects. When it's not afraid of them, the city has coexisted peacefully with the winged mammals even taking pride in its bat population, which is estimated at a million or more.</div>
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That poor boy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I feel so sorry for his family and friends.<br><br><br><br>
But I also feel sorry for all the bats that have been killed. Bats already have a bad rep with a lot of people. I fear this incident will not help their cause any.
 

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I hope that people will get over this craziness soon. I personally live within walking distance of another bridge in Houston that hosts a small bat colony, and I am happy we have bats. I see them swooping about every evening, gulping down insects, and I am happy to have them! I love bats! Bats r cool.<br><br><br><br>
I didn't realize the Waugh Drive bridge had so many bats. I drive over the bridge fairly often, but I've never gone down there at dusk to have a look. The one near my apartment is probably only a few thousand bats. And yeah, the smell of the guano is pretty strong.<br><br><br><br>
PS: But I have to admit that story of the apartment complex in Lake Jackson being completely taken over by bats sounds like something out of a horror movie. But even there, the real horror seems to be the condition the owner let the building get into. I think the key to human safety is probably keeping buildings well-maintained, windows well-screened, and preventing bats from roosting in eaves and the like. The best way to do that is to make sure they have a better place to roost.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> How 'bout we keep our windows closed...that would remedy the problem. They make it sound like if you walk down the street you're going to get mauled by bats and then die from rabies.<br><br><br><br>
I've had a bat fly into my house before because it chewed through a screen. After that, we made sure it didn't happen again by "bat-proofing" our house. You learn by your mistakes. Maybe this will be a wake-up call to residents of Houston to better enclose their buildings, but killing bats isn't the solution.
 

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I think there have been two dead bats found in the area near where the<br><br>
boy was bitten that tested positive for rabies.People just panic I guess. So sad.<br><br>
The wierd thing is there's a huge population of (Tess, correct me if<br><br>
I'm wrong) I think Mexican free-tailed bats living under an overpass in downtown<br><br>
Austin, and as far I know there's never been a problem.<br><br>
It's really a sight to see millions of them flying at sunset. If you ever<br><br>
get a chance you should check it out.<br><br>
I agree with Tess. If you don't give them a place to roost, they'll<br><br>
just migrate elsewhere.<br><br>
Hopefully, all this mess will pass soon.<br><br>
I live in Clear Lake and haven't heard of anything happening around here.
 

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I'm not sure what type of bat the Austin colony is. They may be little brown bats-- they're another common species in Texas. But your point is a good one-- there have been millions of bats living in the middle of Austin for years without any kind of disruption to normal life, and they're a local icon. But then, Austin is a bit different from Houston, y'know?<br><br><br><br>
[OT] sallyo, I didn't realize you were local! I grew up in Dickinson. I have family in League City, Friendswood and Santa Fe. [/OT]
 

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[OT]Howdy neighbor!<br><br>
My niece ,who happens to be a vegan lives in Houston.<br><br>
Don't you love the big fat soy burgers they serve at The Hobbit Cafe?[OT]
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>sallyomally</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
[OT]Howdy neighbor!<br><br>
My niece ,who happens to be a vegan lives in Houston.<br><br>
Don't you love the big fat soy burgers they serve at The Hobbit Cafe?[OT]</div>
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I've never had them. I've only been there a few times and I always get the Bilbo (veggie sandwich with guac). Obviously I need to try them, though. You and me and your niece should totally get together! We can enjoy veggie food and share favorite resaturant info. PM me if you're interested.
 

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Has Bat Conservation International been alerted to this? I'll forward them the link...<br><br><br><br>
Here's theirs:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.batcon.org" target="_blank">http://www.batcon.org</a><br><br><br><br>
FYI The Congress Avenue bats are Mexican Free-tailed bats.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Dark_Dicentra</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> How 'bout we keep our windows closed...that would remedy the problem.</div>
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That works unless you say, live in Houston where it's hot and humid like, I don't know every day of the year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
Isn't is pretty rare for bats to bite humans anyway? I'd rather have the bats swooping around my head than all of the mosquitos they eat.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Ludi</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Has Bat Conservation International been alerted to this? I'll forward them the link...<br><br><br><br>
Here's theirs:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.batcon.org" target="_blank">http://www.batcon.org</a><br><br><br><br>
FYI The Congress Avenue bats are Mexican Free-tailed bats.</div>
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That's a great idea! Thanks for the link and the info.
 
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