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Living With Bats

What to do if you find a dead bat or a bat behaving abnormally

Dead bat
  • If you find a bat — healthy, sick or dead — never handle it with bare hands.
  • If there have been no scratches or bites to humans or pets, report the bat.
  • If you have been scratched or bitten by a bat, call your health care provider immediately.
  • Please report sick or dead bats immediately by calling the ADF&G Diversity Program.
  • Please fill out the Sick or Dead Bat Report Form (Word doc 35 kB) and send the form to the below contacts.

How to collect a dead bat if you are asked to do so by an ADF&G biologist

A fresh dead bat should be handled with protective gloves (leather), placed in a plastic bag, and chilled immediately. Please do NOT freeze bat carcasses unless you are asked to do so or the carcass can't be shipped within 72hrs or the ADF&G Wildlife Veterinarian does not call back within 48 hours. Chilled bats should be kept cold (35–45). Frozen samples should be kept frozen. Dead bats may be collected and chilled or frozen by the reporting citizen under the direction of an ADF&G employee if the employee will later pick up the specimen from the private citizen for processing.

Contacts

Southeast Alaska

Michael Kohan
907-465-8155
PO Box 110024
Juneau, AK 99811
michael.kohan@alaska.gov

Karen Blejwas
907-465-4328
karen.blejwas@alaska.gov

Southcentral and Interior

Marian Snively
907-267-2893
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage AK, 99518
marian.snively@alaska.gov

Dave Tessler
907-267-2332
david.tessler@alaska.gov

To report a freshly killed or freshly found dead bat please call the Wildlife Disease Surveillance Message line:

907-328-8354 or email dfg.dwc.vet@alaska.gov