Dead bats at UC Davis test positive for rabies

Three dead bats have tested positive for rabies at the UC Davis campus in the past few weeks, according to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department.

Seven fallen bats were reported to the Animal Services section of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department. Three tested positive, one tested negative and three were not tested, a department news release said.

“The presence of bats in Yolo County is common and positive tests among these bats is not rare, especially during the fall and spring months when some bat colonies migrate to the area,” said Vicky Fletcher, Yolo County chief animal services officer, in the release. “The important thing is that people avoid contact with bats and report any that are dead or acting abnormally to Yolo County Animal Services.”

Animal Services and the university’s Environmental Health and Safety personnel are trying to find the bat roost. Any bat exhibiting unusual behavior – such as lying on the ground or being out during the day – should be reported to Yolo County Animal Services at 530-668-5287.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison