Mark Bowler, University of California, Irvine

Rabid bats are more active this time of year and have now found their way across the entire northern Illinois area.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says more than a dozen cases of rabid bats were reported in this year alone. With hibernation season over, state veterinarian Connie Austin says the creatures are being found more often in people's homes. 


A suburban Chicago county is seeing a record number of wildlife rabies cases.

Will County has confirmed rabies in 14 bats this season. That's one more than the previous record of 13 found in the county last year.

Eight of the bats have been found in the community of Homer Glen.

Animal Control Administrator Lee Schild says the bats likely are concentrated around Homer Glen because of its wooded areas, which contain sources of food and water. Schild says it's possible there will be more cases because there are still a few weeks of "peak bat activity" left in the year.

Illinois wildlife officials say a fungal disease killing millions of bats in the U.S. has turned up in Carroll, Pike and Adams counties. 

White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in 11 Illinois counties since it was first found in the state two years ago. The first discoveries in Illinois were in 2013 in LaSalle, Monroe, Hardin and Pope counties. It was found in Jackson, Johnson, Saline and Union counties earlier this year.  

The disease is named for the white fungus that appears on the animals' noses. 

Ebola Outbreak Traces Back To Bats

Dec 31, 2014
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The Ebola victim who triggered the current outbreak - a two-year-old boy from Guinea - may have been infected by playing in a hollow tree infested with bats. 

That’s according to findings published in EMBO Molecular Medicine.

Scientists made the connection after taking samples and conferring with locals.

Protecting Birds And Bats On Wind Farms

Aug 31, 2012
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Do you have any ideas about protecting birds and bats from wind turbines in Illinois, Wisconsin and six other Midwestern states?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public input as it works with the states to develop a plan for habitat conservation while promoting clean energy.

Some species of bats are particularly vulnerable to striking turbines at wind energy facilities. Fish and Wildlife representative Georgia Parham says one solution may be for wind energy companies to change how they operate turbines.