I was happy to see a write-up extolling the tremendous benefit of having bats in our midst (Coast Reporter, Jan. 31). However, I would like to add a caution to the request for reporting bat sightings.†
Bats build up a store of fat to carry them through their long winter hibernation. A bat that is disturbed at its winter roost will awaken and fly around, using up its fat reserves. Since there are few insects at this time of year, the bat cannot replenish its reserves and will starve to death, or at least be greatly weakened and thus more susceptible to disease.†
If you find one or more roosting bats, do not disturb them, but let them be.
Sheila Weaver, Gibsons