Warmer winter means higher area bat population, resulting in more calls to remove the flying mammals

Warmer winter means higher area bat population, resulting in more calls to remove the flying mammals
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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 6:41am

Dean Wharton is a bat man.

Although he specializes in ridding properties of unwanted critters such as snakes and spiders, for the past two months Wharton’s work has gone batty — he’s been busy expelling the flying mammals from buildings in and around Longview.

In early February, he got a call from Kilgore College-Longview, where the cosmetology building had a bat problem.

“There were several hundred,” Wharton said. “But that’s common. I’ve seen a place off Mobberly (Avenue) that had thousands in a wall.”

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