THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

Q - I found a bat – what should I do?

Bats can be dangerous since they are the only wild animal carrier of rabies in BC, so it is important to approach them with caution. If the bat is injured, it may be rehabilitated. However, if the bat has had any skin-contact with a pet or human, the bat must be euthanized and tested for rabies as this disease can spread through just a drop of the bat's saliva. If advised by a rehabilitation centre to contain the bat, wear gloves to transfer the bat into an ice cream bucket with holes in the lid. To do this, use a scoop method where you trap the bat and then scoop it into the container for transport. Do not pick up the bat. It is strongly recommended to have all of your pets vaccinated for rabies in case they bring home a bat one day.

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