What To Do if You Find a Bat Outside

Safety Alert: Never touch a bat with your bare hands. Bats are wild animals and should be treated with great care. Never attempt to feed, treat, or wash an injured bat.

Bat Conservancy of Coastal California (BCCC) is not advising anyone to try to capture bats themselves. You can call the BCCC Bat Hotline at 408-647-7228 anytime for assistance with a bat.

If you find a bat hanging from a wall or a tree and think it might be injured:

  • Wait until evening and see if it leaves on its own. Sometimes bats look sick or hurt but are actually just sleeping!
  • If the bat doesn’t leave once the sun is all the way down, contact us.

If you find a bat lying on the ground:

  • Without touching the bat, use a cloth or a piece of paper to gently scoop the animal into a small container such as a shoebox
  • Put a soft cloth into the box to give the bat something to cling to
  • Cover the container and put it somewhere children and pets cannot disturb it
  • Contact us immediately.