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A batty Monday morning

Here’s a little something to drive you batty on Monday morning. Feral hogs are running rampant in the state and hungry. Hungry, transplanted black bears are camping out under your deer stand waiting for you to put out deer corn. Lake projects are dragging years behind. Flooding has stressed wildlife statewide.

But know this. Louisiana is on top of one of the biggest problems at the forefront of everybody’s mind.

Bats.

I kid you not. Can’t make up this stuff. Here’s the news out of Baton Rouge in my inbox this fine Monday morning as I sit on my back porch in 68 degree weather in the middle of June struggling to survive global warming…

June 17, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is conducting bat colony monitoring in the state in an effort to survey for white-nose syndrome, a disease caused by a fungus that is responsible for more than 6 million bat deaths in the United States.

Neither the disease nor the fungus, which is not a threat to humans, has been detected in Louisiana, said LDWF Wildlife Disease Biologist Nikki Anderson, who is overseeing the monitoring program. She said that’s why it’s so important to observe bat colonies in the state.

In a citizen-science initiative, LDWF is encouraging state residents to help in the program. If you know the location of a roost or want to participate in bat monitoring please contact Anderson at nanderson@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-5030.

Sorry, but some things I just can’t pass up. I did flip through the TV stations last week and saw a colony of old bats sitting around a table under a sign that said “The View”. But I don’t think they were in Louisiana.

My apologies to bat fans everywhere.

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