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By Emma Philbrook
The Times 

Bats Take Up Residence at Waitsburg Elementary

Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has approved clearing and capping disused chimney


WAITSBURG – At the Waitsburg School Board meeting on July 19, 2018, Chairman Ross Hamann, Vice-Chair Marilyn Johnson, and board members Russ Knopp and Christy House were all present.

The Facility Supervisor’s report was enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies: Potentially thousands of bats have taken up residence in a disused chimney at the elementary school. While removing the creatures before the end of summer will likely be fatal to many of the juvenile bats, concerns about student safety have led officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife to approve the chimney’s being cl...

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