Park Reminds Visitors to Avoid Contact with Bats
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 865_436-1207
Great Smoky Mountains National Park wildlife staff recently received numerous reports of unusual winter bat activity. Normally, bats should be hibernating during the winter, but bats have been described as flying erratically during the day and diving down toward people. Park biologists do not know the exact cause of this unusual bat activity, but urge all visitors to exercise caution as bats are known to carry diseases such as rabies. Skin to skin contact should be avoided.
For more information regarding bats and rabies, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/
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