Bats stop Alvin postal service
Mail delivery service in Alvin came to a stop Thursday when a bat was found in the post office, according to KHOU.com. That led to discovery of a colony of the flying mammals roosting in the building.
Bats seem to be popping up in public structures throughout the area.
About 100 bats were found flying around inside La Porte Elementary School's gym on Thursday night, according to Click2Houston. The school altered its routine to move activities out of the gym and plans to install netting to prevent the bats from entering again.
Bay Elementary School in the Clear Creek school district has been plagued by bats, leading to bat patrols by staff workers and a call from some concerned parents last month for a sickout.
The Clear Creek Ninth Grade Center has also been battling bats. They were spotted in classrooms and the lunchroom there last month.
In both Clear Creek schools, however, the bats appear to have moved on this week.
Joanne Moody, a naturalist with Harris County Precinct 1 and a volunteer wildlife rehabber specializing in bats, told UltimateClearLake.com that she has noticed an increase this winter in the number of bats trying to share residences with humans.
Her theory: They're among the bats that would typically migrate back to Mexico in November or December and return in the spring. The sudden arrival of this winter's unusually low temperatures probably caught them by surprise and they had to find a place to hibernate quickly.
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