Rare Bat Found In Daniel Boone National Forest

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) - Biologists with East Kentucky Power Cooperative have made a rare discovery in the Daniel Boone National
Forest of eastern Kentucky.

They've found a female Indiana bat.

The Indiana bat is a federally listed endangered species and is
uncommon in Kentucky. What makes the find particularly interesting
is that the bat showed evidence of having recently nursed young.

During spring, summer and fall, Indiana bats prefer daytime roosting under loose tree bark. Female Indiana bats form maternity colonies composed of several bats. Experts say they form colonies to maintain warm roost temperatures, allowing for faster development of young bats. In the winter, Indiana bats migrate to caves for hibernation.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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