I am interested in raising bats. Where do I start?
I strongly suggest you do something else. I worked with bats as a graduate
student and it is absolutely dangerous for inexperienced students. They
carry rabies, so preventative shots is a requirement. They are not or will
ever be friendly. Their guano carries diseases and that alone should be a
enough to convince you otherwise. Furthermore, you have to have a Federal
permit and in most States a second permit to keep them. Unless you have a
sponsor, it is unlikely that will happen.
What you could do is build bat friendly housing around your house, and I
suggest you seek out that information at a library. Bats are great for
keeping flying insects populations under control.
York Community High School
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Update: June 2012