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From: Tamie Crawford
City:
Mannford, OK
My husband was cutting down a dead tree and found a bat inside. What should I do with it? Our temperature here is in the 20's. I have him in a box trying to keep him in the dark and relatively warm and we have not handled him except to scoop him onto a glove.

 
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From: Laura Kammin
Visiting Extension Specialist, Pollution Prevention
Extension-Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
lkammin@illinois.edu
Do you have any other dead trees on the property? Is the bat active?

 
From: Tamie Crawford
City:
Mannford, OK
Yes, we have more dead trees. No he is not active. I think he is in hibernation.

 
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From: Laura Kammin
Visiting Extension Specialist, Pollution Prevention
Extension-Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
lkammin@illinois.edu
Best bet is to put it near one of the other dead trees and hope that it finds a suitable place to hibernate. Once you put the bat against the tree (at the base of the tree), you may need to GENTLY prod the bat with a broom handle (i.e., something other than your hand, which could accidentally get bitten) to get it to rouse enough to be able to move. Once it starts to seem alert, back away and let it do its thing. They have very little fat. To survive the winter, it will need to move as little as possible so as to not waste precious energy. Good luck!!

 
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