Aug 9, 2012 5:53 PM by Paul Kavanaugh
A wild bat found dead Monday afternoon near the sidewalk just outside the entrance of the Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road, has tested positive for rabies.
There are no reports of people coming in contact with the bat, and the likelihood of exposure to the public is low, however El Paso County Public Health is taking precautionary steps to determine if anyone touched the bat.
People have reported seeing a bat flying during the day and landing on tree trunks near the bridge at the nature center from Saturday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 5. Anyone who may have handled or touched the bat, or learns that a child or pet had contact with the bat Saturday through Monday should contact El Paso County Public Health. Call (719) 578-3220, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or after hours at (719) 339-3230.