2K bats infest Layton High auditorium

This file photo shows a biologist holding a little brown bat. Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Dolovis

LAYTON, Utah, Sept. 27, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A week after an estimated 400 bats in Salt Lake City’s West High School made headlines, five times that many have been reported in the auditorium of Layton High School.

The estimated 2,000 bats are part of an annual migration the school district has come to expect, a Davis School District spokesman said. It’s just the large scale of the infestation that caught officials off guard.

Professional crews already have removed hundreds of bats. Davis County School District spokesman Chris Williams has said crews use mildly adhesive boards, and pressed them against the bats.

The animals are released elsewhere. Bats are protected under the law, and cannot legally be exterminated.

Williams has said that auditorium dampers were not closed properly. Cooler temperatures outside probably added to the appeal of the auditorium as a sheltering spot, he said. Only a few bats have been seen outside the auditorium, which is currently closed to use.

After all bats are removed, the auditorium will be fully cleaned.

People can get rabies from physical contact with infected bats. The Salt Lake County Heath Departments recommends no one make physical contact with a bat, and anyone who has should contact their doctor and local health department immediately.


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