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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:39 a.m.

Bat signal: Fireflies’ glow tells bats they taste awful

Fireflies flash not just for sex, but survival, a new study suggests.


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Gardening: Nocturnal mammal the bat can be enticed to hang around but beware of rabies-carrying animals

Downtown Austin, Texas, is known for nightlife of live music, dancing and dining. I got to enjoy some of that while I was at a conference there last week.


Washington school district teachers get bats for security

A rural school district in Eastern Washington is arming its teachers and staff with tee-ball bats in case of an active shooter.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

12 rabid bats found in Washington this August

The Washington state Department of Health is advising residents to take precautions if they encounter a bat after the state experienced a record number of rabies cases in the species …


Two rabid bats identified in Spokane County

A woman is currently undergoing rabies vaccinations and a cat is quarantined in its owner’s home after a pair of rabid bats were discovered in Spokane County. These are the …


Second Washington bat tests positive for white-nose syndrome fungus

A second bat in Washington has tested positive for fungus that causes the white-nose syndrome, which has devastated bat colonies in the eastern U.S. and Canada.


140,000 bats overrun picturesque Australian community

CANBERRA, Australia ) – Batemans Bay is a picturesque coastal town that always leaves the welcome mat out for tourists. But tens of thousands of visitors of another kind have …


Protecting Ape Cave from deadly disease takes on new urgency

Long before white-nose syndrome reached the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service had warned visitors to Ape Cave at Mount St. Helens of the disease. Now that it’s been found …


Scientists study how bat fungus reached Northwest so soon

In a federal research laboratory in Wisconsin, scientists are analyzing DNA from the fungus that killed a little brown bat in Washington last month.


First case of deadly bat disease confirmed in Washington

A sick bat discovered by hikers near Seattle has white-nose syndrome, the first recorded occurrence of the devastating bat disease in the West.


Effort to monitor bats takes wing in 31 states

An effort spanning 31 states and 10 Canadian provinces has been working to better understand the ecological role that bats play, and the threats they face from climate change, habitat …


Local scientists ponder bat migration mystery

Despite advances in GPS monitoring and technology, Washington researchers still have a world of information to discover about bats, including where they go during winter.


Creepy creatures of Halloween deserve respect, wildlife officials say

European folklore influences how we think about wildlife. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program distinguishes myth from fact for six Halloween creatures.


Girl getting rabies vaccines after being bitten by infected bat

A young girl bitten by a rabid bat near Liberty Lake is receiving a series of vaccine injections to prevent rabies. The girl’s mother, who had contact with the bat …


Grants aid bats dying of disease

Idaho, Montana and Washington are among 28 states to receive funding for bat research as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tries to stop the spread of deadly white-nose syndrome. …


Rabid bat incidents prompt warning

Three rabid bats have been found in the Coeur d’Alene area in recent weeks – an unusually high number so soon after the mammals have emerged from hibernation. “Generally we …


Third bat tests positive for rabies in North Idaho

North Idaho’s third rabid bat within a month was caught this week in Coeur d’Alene by a family’s pet dog, prompting Panhandle Health District officials to remind people not to …


Bat swoops out of hiding to bite human baby

A baby is being treated for rabies after it was bitten by a bat that flew out of a patio umbrella on the deck of her grandparents’ Pasco home, the …


Rabid bat forces family to get shots

The first rabid bat of the season has been confirmed in Idaho after it flew into a home in northern Kootenai County, where residents found it lying on their staircase. …


Bat exodus at New Mexico caverns a must-see

CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK, N.M. – There’s nothing like bats to draw a crowd to the scorching Chihuahuan Desert in the late summer heat. Several hundred people, myself and my …


Bat on stump bites angler along St. Joe River

It appeared as though nothing was biting when a Spokane fly fisher approached Idaho’s St. Joe River around 5 p.m. last Wednesday. The situation changed instantly when Tyler Comeau put …


Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to host bat experts

The Friends of the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will have a special illustrated presentation “Bats of the World and the Channeled Scablands” by bat experts and wildlife biologists Sandy Rancourt …


BATS withdraws its IPO following technical glitches

NEW YORK – It was hardly the stock market debut BATS Global Markets was hoping for. Since being founded nearly seven years ago, the Kansas-based company has been doing battle …


Bat deaths mount near wind farms

At a wind farm in Alberta, researchers noticed a disturbing trend – the turbines harvesting the wind sweeping across the Canadian prairie were also killing hundreds of migratory bats. Dead …


Bat syndrome fears could close caves

MISSOULA – Officials with the Northern Region of the U.S. Forest Service are considering closing caves under the agency’s jurisdiction starting May 1 because of a disease that has killed …


Cave restrictions aim to thwart bat fungus

A popular cave near Chinook Pass in central Washington will be closed for part of the tourist season to help prevent the spread of the deadly white-nose syndrome in bats. …


Biologists go to bat for mysterious helpers

Bats are out of sight and out of mind for the winter. Hoary bats have made their break to winter in Mexico or thereabouts.


Hazards to bats often easy to avoid

A wood-burning stove in a rarely used cabin could be a death trap to bats. Lance Lerum of the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon recently discovered a large number of …


Eye on Boise: Constitutional amendment would allow tuition at UI

BOISE – A little-noticed item on this year’s general election ballot, SJR 101, would amend the Idaho Constitution to permit tuition to be charged at the University of Idaho. The …


WSU bat master sweetens spot for long shot

Cheating isn’t usually what Lloyd Smith, the bat doctor of the Palouse, is all about. But Tuesday, he was looking forward to the chance to cheat his head off – …