Bats in WV
Craig Stihler, a biologist with The Division of Natural Resources, says there's nothing to fear. "A lot of people have a fear of bats and that's because they don't understand bats, what we don't understand, we tend to fear. Bats come out at night and appear out of nowhere."
They look pretty scary, too. Check out the teeth on this guy. But chances are this is as close as you'll ever come to seeing a bat's teeth. They're not gonna get you. At least not here in West Virginia.
"Movies tend to portray bats as being vicious and blood thirsty. In fact, there are a few species of vampire bats, but they don't live in West Virginia. There are bats that feed on blood, but in general, most bats are very docile animals. They will bite to protect themselves but they don't attack people-they actually prefer to avoid people." says Stihler.
There are tons of different bat species, and many have different diets, but in West Virginia, there is only one thing on the menu and it's not human blood.
"All bats we have in West Virginia feed entirely off of insects. Bats in other parts of the world may feed on fruit or nectar, or even blood in the case of vampire bats, insects are the only food of bats here."
So there you have it, straight from the bat expert's mouth: as long as you don't look like a moth or mosquito, you should be perfectly safe from West Virginia's most misunderstood animal.
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