Amite schools fight invading bats

By The Associated Press

LIBERTY, Miss. (AP) — School officials have taken the first steps to fight a problem with bats at school buildings.

The Enterprise-Journal reports that Amite County Superintendent of Education Scotty Whittington says the flying mammals have been seen outside the rear of the vocational-technical building, as well as in a fenced-in area of the shop where track equipment is stored. No bats have been seen inside any buildings, he said.

Whittington said United Bat Control is scheduled to tackle the problem.

“I called them myself yesterday and the man out of the Alabama office is going to be here today to start setting out those net traps,” he said.

Whittington said it’s not the first time the school has had problems with bats.

“We had problems with bats several years ago. These bats are on the endangered species list, so we can’t kill them,” he said. “I don’t know what they did last time with them, but they’re back. I don’t know if they’re the same bats or another group. We’re taking every precaution that we can.”

Whittington said he has seen bats at his house north of Liberty, especially around dusk, when they feed.

“People all around Liberty have been sighting bats,” Whittington said. “I want to try and get them out of here as soon as possible. I don’t want the public to be alarmed. Hopefully the situation will be under control in a short time.”