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Living With Bats
What to do if you find a dead bat or a bat behaving abnormally
- 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.