Catching gray bats (Myotis grisescens) at Ft McClellan, AL. This species is a cave obligate that generally uses creeks and rivers as navigation and foraging. It’s the biggest of the Myotis species in the eastern US and is distinguished partly by the notched claw and the uropatagium attachment to the ankle instead of at the toe joint. It is an endangered species but the numbers have been on the rise since cave protection measures were implemented. #graybat#myotis#mistnetting#endangeredspecies
It’s no secret that our native North American bats are very beneficial to humans!
This photo shows a Gray Bat (Myotis grisescens), common to the Southeastern part of the United States. The Gray Bat can travel up to 24 miles per night on its hunt for pesky (tasty?) insects.
Protected by the Endangered Species Act since 1976, Gray Bats live almost exclusively in limestone caves. Winter time can be the most vulnerable time for the Gray Bat population as they hibernate in only a few caves through out the region. Entering their home at that time can disturb hibernating bats, causing stress and death to large chunks of the population. .
Please use care and common sense not to stress the animals who may call your local cave home.