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Somerset County School Addresses Bat Problem


WESTOVER, Md.- A Somerset County High School is fighting back against its bat problem. According to school officials, bats have been an issue at Crisfield Academy and High School going back some 20 years.

The district said a number of bats were seen in the auditorium and gymnasium over the summer, prompting an inspection by Delmarva Wildlife Control on July 30, 2012. The inspection revealed multiple entry and exit points, according to school officials. The district told WBOC that Delmarva Wildlife Control representatives have since visited the school on three occasions, after installing multiple one-way doors over exit points, and closing off entry points to help get rid of the school's bat population

Facilities Manager Scott Tawes said custodians discovered 15 bats in the gymnasium early Monday morning. The school said Delmarva Wildlife Control representatives will again be visiting the building by Thursday. According to school officials, smaller holes will be plugged with hardening foam to prevent smaller bats from entering the gymnasium.

The school told WBOC no student, employee or visitor has been scratched or bitten by a bat, but that efforts are being made to take care of the problem as soon as possible.

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