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Bat problem a drawcard in Texas

AUSTIN: Home of world’s largest urban bat colony.
AUSTIN: Home of world’s largest urban bat colony. HARRY CABLUCK

IN Austin, Texas, what was once considered a major bat problem has transformed into a major tourist attraction.

In 1980 a bridge in the city was redesigned with crevices underneath the structure that turned out to provide ideal habitat for as many as 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats.

At first residents despised and feared the bats and tried to have the colony eradicated. However, Austinites have come to love their bat colony that, according to travel website www.austin.about.com, consumes up to 20,000 pounds of bugs nightly.

Tourists cram onto the bridge and into boats and kayaks every night to watch the bats.

RELATED: PEST OR TOURIST ATTRACTION? 100,000 BATS FILL NIGHT SKY

 

 

 

Topics:  bats, flying foxes, texas




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