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Bat Population Affected By Dry Weather

  Dr. Stangl works as a biology professor at Midwestern State University and has been studying bats for years.  He and many other experts say that the role bats play in insect control is an important one.

"Bats are, more than any other rodents you're familiar with or other animals around here, they are more beneficial.  They don't really have a negative or downside," he says.

Water and insects have decreased due to the heat we've seen this year causing some bats to come out to feed hours before the sun sets.

"They tend to dry out, they get pretty thirsty and especially with the heat and the drought that we've had they probably are coming out a little earlier than they have in times past," Stangl says.

So far there hasn't been a large change in population, but experts do say that many infant bats have been found dead or have been abandoned, similar to a problem we've seen in our deer population.  It could have a negative effect on the Texas bat population in years to come, possibly meaning more insects causing damage on Texas farms.

"The actual effect it has on bats, we're going to have to wait and see," Stangl says.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.

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