Tennessee Rehabilitators Can’t Save Bats

In Tennessee, even wildlife rehabiliators who are permitted to handle rabies vector species can NEVER accept a bat for rehabilitation. Although the state of Tennessee will allow specially licensed rehabbers to handle foxes, skunks, and raccoons, the handling of wild bats is strictly forbidden due to their disproportionately high risk of rabies. Please do not endanger yourself by attempting to capture or handle a sick or injured bat to take it to a rehabber. Instead, promptly report it to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennnessee Department of Health.

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