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Do NOT pick up or handle the bat with bare hands!

If you have found an injured bat on the ground, gently scoop it into a small container (like a shoebox) with a cloth or piece of paper and close the box. Please immediately call your local wildlife rescue center!

Put a soft cloth into the box to give the bat something to cling to and place the box where pets or children cannot open it, while you call the nearest wildlife center. Make sure the lid of the box is secure and has small air holes for the bat to breathe!

If the bat is just hanging from a wall or tree, wait until evening to see if the bat leaves on its own. If it does not, call a wildlife rescue center the next morning for help.

For general questions and comments, send an email to or call 408-647-7BAT (7228).