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How to support your local wildlife this spring

By: Catie Leary on March 27, 2014, 8 a.m.
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How to handle bats? Don't

Often maligned for their reputation as rabies-infested vampires, bats are one of Earth's most misunderstood creatures. Bats may seem creepy, but they play a vital role in controlling Earth's insect populations.

If you find an injured bat, the most important thing to remember is to not touch it directly. Less than 0.5 percent of bats have rabies, but don't take that chance. Bat World Sanctuary provides a comprehensive guide to handling bats found both indoors and outdoors.