Yes. Bats either hibernate in winter or migrate to warmer areas. Those that hibernate build up a fat reserve to sustain them through the winter. If they are disturbed, their fat reserve could become exhausted and they could die prior to spring.
Less than one percent of the population contracts the disease, a lower rate of incidence than other mammals such as skunks. Still, you should not handle or disturb bats, especially those that are active and appear sick during daylight hours.
The services they provide the agricultural industry by eating insects have been estimated to be worth anywhere from $3.7 billion to $53 billion per year, according to a study by the University of Pretoria (South Africa), USGS, University of Tennessee a
No, this study did not account for the detrimental effects of pesticides on ecosystems nor the economic benefits of bats suppressing pest insects in forests, both of which may be considerable. Learn More: