Las Vegas Bats
A recent study has shown that there are 17 species of bats visiting and living within the Las Vegas area.
The study, focuses mainly in the area of the Las Vegas wash, using the BATS echolocation call to more precisely then ever, gather information. Echolocation is a high pitched ultra sound wave created by bats vocal chords, which in turn gives them the ability to see with there ears. Of all land mammals, bats have the best hearing. This gives the nocturnal creature a heightened and faster reaction time during the night.
…the bats go through no physical harm, which is important because 6 of the 17 species of bats are endangered and federally protected.
Echolocation is prime for gathering bat information within the wash because it lets researchers examine individual species based on there own genuine echolocation sound wave. Unlike capture methods, the sample rate is much higher and the results much more thorough. As well, the bats go through no physical harm, which is important because 6 of the 17 species of bats are endangered and federally protected.
Once the echolocation sound waves are saved to file and looked through; further investigation by expert in bat biology Dr. Michael O’Farrell (www.mammalogist.org) shows distinction between various behavioral activities like drinking, foraging, feeding, and simple commuting patterns. This information shows researchers different patterns in bat species re occurrence in Las Vegas, as well that 6 of the 17 bats have never been sighted in the Las Vegas area.
Never try to handle or remove a bat, call your animal control to remove the bat (ensuring you don’t harm a possibly federally protected mammal)
This data was collected and presented at the North American Symposium on Bat Research (NASBR), a “society dedicated to the promotion and development of the scientific study of bats.”
Bats may be a common or uncommon sight for you in the Las Vegas area. The caves and mines surrounding the valley make great homes and resting areas for bats. But that doesn’t mean bats won’t take kindly to your extended patio ceiling or back yard covering. Although the case rate is rare, bats have been known to carry rabies. Never try to handle or remove a bat, call your animal control to remove the bat (ensuring you don’t harm a possibly federally protected mammal)