Increased concern about bats in Historic Primary School

Photo: Eric Hall

Eric Hall

Peachland View

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. 

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One Comment

  1. Willie Findlater
    February 25, 2020 at 10:42 am - Reply

    The bats are an endangered species and they saved the Primary School from being torn down . These bats are not a danger to anyone. Stop the hysteria around the lack of bat knowledge. The white nose disease has not been detected in the bat colony so leave them be. If and when it ever becomes a problem let the biologists suggest the appropriate ways to mitigate the problem. I worked in the school for 13 years and on occasion came into close contact with some bats that had flown into an open window at night. We never had a problem.

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