That Is One Huge Bat - Letter

I read with amazement and some incredulity a quotation from Emily Stolarski of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in the article in the Enterprise, August 22, about the “one big brown bat [that] will eat 14 to 15 tons of insects, such as mosquitoes, each summer.” I hope I never encounter this creature during its nightly gluttonous feast on Cape Cod.  By my reckoning this bat is packing away almost 200 pounds of flying pests per night (14 tons is 28,000 pounds; the summer is generously 150 days). It must surely be a tight squeeze for this bat to get back into an attic through a small opening.

William J. Grace
Wenaumet Bluffs Drive


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