This is common during warm spells in July and August when bats can become dehydrated. If anyone has had contact with the bat or you suspect a rabies exposure, call the rabies hotline at 1-800-4RABIES, the Department of Health, or your physician.
Please also call the bat experts at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department at (802)786-0098 for helpful guidance on what to do with the bat.
In many cases, bats simply become dehydrated and with a little guidance can be successfully placed back outside at nightfall. If you are unable to reach someone, please leave a message or fill out our Sick Acting Bat Form and we will contact you during working hours.
When in doubt, it is best to return wildlife to the wild. Use gloves to place the bat outside at nightfall on something high and safe from predators, like a tree branch, so that the bat can return to its natural roost. Avoid placing the bat in a box or any other container it may not be able to escape from.