The future of Peachland’s Historic Primary School was debated over many years. When a large bat colony was discovered in the attic, not everyone was happy. But when people realized that a single little brown bat can eat a thousand mosquitoes in an hour, that helped to ensure community support. Bats are also protected under BC’s Wildlife Act.
Unfortunately there is increased concern about the bats because of the spread of a fungal disease called White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). This disease has recently been confirmed in Washington State just 150 kilometres south of the border. WNS has killed millions of bats in eastern North America and is now spreading to the west coast.
Bats are generally hibernating out of sight at this time of the year, but some are occasionally seen. Sleeping bats are best left alone. However if you find a dead bat, it should be reported to our local BEEPS society. Although WNS does not affect humans, you should not touch it with your bare hands.