Bats are heading to Colorado this Spring

If you have turned on the news recently, you know that bats have been getting a bad rap. But, when humans leave them alone, these flying mammals are a vital part of the ecosystem. Since their sudden appearance can be downright startling, we figured we would tell you now to keep your eyes peeled, as thousands of bats are making their way back to the Centennial State: We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Like butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife, bats are beginning their spring migration to Colorado, thanks to warmer temperatures, plus ample shelter and food. 
According to Colorado Parks & Wildlife, there are 18 species of bats who either live in or migrate through the Centennial State, including the well-known big brown and little brown bats, silvered-hair bats, and hoary bats (pictured), the latter of which are beginning to migrate back to Colorado. 
Known to primarily inhabit both North and South America, the hoary bat lives in Colorado April through November and travels to warmer climates – mainly Central America and the southwestern United States – in the winter months.
How can you tell the hoary bat apart from others? Unlike the big and little brown bats, the hoary bat is covered in dark brown fur with white tips, giving it its distinct yet easy-to-recognize appearance. 
Unlike other bats, the hoary bat also prefers to roost alone, while most other species live within a large group, typically in a cave, attic, mine, or other dwellings of the like. 
If you encounter a bat, Colorado Parks & Wildlife states there is no need to panic, as they will typically leave you alone; however, if you do come into contact with one and get bit, it is vital that you seek medical attention, as they come in only behind raccoons and skunks in terms of the most rabid animal. 
Have you seen a hoary bat (or any other of Colorado’s 18 bats) this spring? Let us know (or better yet, show us your photos!) in the comments. 

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