You can help us help our Central Coast bats by using one of our 4 reporting forms. This is also one of the easiest ways to help as a Citizen Scientist in our Citizen Science Bat Conservation Program!
Using these links, you can:
Report a Bat Roost (at or near your home, that you’ve found on a hike, or where you’ve seen bats emerging from a local building)
Report a Pallid Bat Night Roost (On this Pallid Bat reporting page you’ll see a description that will let you know if you have a Pallid Bat night roost.)
First, if you, another person, or a domestic animal has been exposed to a bite, scratch or saliva from a dead or live bat, please first call your local public health department and . Although exposure to rabies is extremely uncommon, and far less common than the potential for exposure from other animal bites (e.g., dogs, cats, raccoons, foxes, skunks), it is better to be safe than sorry.
In the event of a bite or scratch, DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT YOUR Public Health Department, doctor, or emergency care provider. You DO NOT NEED TO FEAR the possibility of that painful series of 21 painful injections you may have heard about when you were growing up. Since the mid-1980s, an injection has been available that consists of just four small shots given over two weeks combined with several shots of immune globulin on the first day to provide antibodies until your body can start producing its own
Of course, prevention is the best medicine. We’re sure you’ve been warned many times that it is unwise to make contact with ANY wild (or unknown) animal unless you have specific training (and, when required, permits or even a rabies titre*).
*Ever wonder how bat scientists, rehabbers, and others work with bats in spite of potential exposure to rabies? What about your veterinarian and those who work at animal rescue facilities, who are at a much greater risk of encountering a rabid animal? Typically, they all receive a pre-exposure immunization that is administered in three doses over a 28-day period.
The injection is virtually the same vaccine as mentioned above; however, a person who is exposed but has never has never been immunized against rabies will receive four doses of the rabies vaccine – one dose right away, and additional doses on the ensuing third, seventh and fourteenth days. They will also get another shot called Rabies Immune Globulin at the same time as the first dose.
So now let’s get started reporting your bat(s)!