Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area

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Bats emerging from caveOld Tunnel Wildlife Management Area

Last night we visited the Old Tunnel WMA to watch the Mexican Free-tailed Bats emerge from the old abandoned Railroad tunnel. It houses a seasonal colony of approximately 1 to 3 million Bats.

Everything that you have heard about Bats is not true, however they are wild mammals, and do nurse their young.  Since they must be warm, many bats occupy a small space. The females leave the tunnel in the spring and go south to warmer climates to have their babies and come back with their pups later in the season.

It was awesome to see them swoop out of the cave in waves in a vortex and fly high in closely knitted packs that looked a lot like black smoke as they got further and further away from us.  The Volunteers from the Department of Wildlife asked us to be somewhat quiet and…

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2 thoughts on “Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area

  1. Thanks for re-blogging my blog about the Mexican Free-tailed bats. I have always been a little more than fearful of bats, but this was wonderful. I want to go to another tunnel where they nest again. My Granddaughter would be amazed.

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