Bats make home at Dutchtown High

DUTCHTOWN, La. (AP) — Furry, winged creatures about 4 inches in length with a love of mosquito dinner have found a home and a bathroom at Dutchtown High School.
Ten to 20 Mexican free-tailed bats, also known as Brazilian free-tailed bats, have been roosting behind the gutters of a building housing the school’s two gyms and band and choir rooms.
State health officials tell The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1ohDa5G) the bats can pose a health concern because a small percentage of bats carry rabies.
The Ascension Parish School Board agreed to close the gym building after an inspection Thursday by the state Department of Health and Hospitals.
A school system spokesman said he could not say when work on the gym will be finished but he does not expect it to be “a long-term issue.”

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