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Development Plan Sparks Controversy



By Bill O'Neil

A bad mix. The word from activists who are ready to speak out against plans for a 3,800  home subdivision just south of the Bracken Cave Preserve--home to millions of bats.
"There's about 15 million of them. It takes three or four hours every night for them to leave. It's one of the great wildlife phenomenon of the world" said Bat Conservation International's Andrew Walker--who told 550 KTSA News the building plan is not the best idea in his view.
"If we build 4,000 homes out there--that will put about 10,000 people right next door to these 15,000,000 bats" Walker said, adding the bats will not change their flight plan to accomodate development.
"These bats will be attracted to these homes, to the street lights, to the porch lights, to the swimming pools. So people and their pets will be coming in to regular contact with these bats" Walker said, envisioning a big problem developing.
"If some poor person were to get sick--or just the headache of having to go to the doctor because their cat brought in a bat or what have you--that's going to become a recurring headache for the public health department or animal control out there" Walker said.
Opponents of the plan are expected to take their case to San Antonio's City Council late Wednesday Afternoon.



Photos: bu.edu; trappingdept.com

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