Well, at the Visitor Center we do! Yesterday Karla spied one and we were arguing about who would catch it. Steven (a new summer ranger) was listening and then realized we weren't arguing about who would HAVE to catch it--but who would GET to catch it!! Yes--Karla and I both love the bat catching job--and since she has LOTS more seniority (and is my Boss) she was Chief Bat Catcher. Steven and I took photos.
First--you find the bat!
Way up high in the corner. Karla has good eyes and never misses finding a bat.
Next you assemble bat net. The ceilings are very high--almost 3 stories where the bat is hanging.
Karla very carefully slides the net around the bat until he is dislodged and clings to the netting.
Voila! Bat hanging in net!
All bats are a protected species here. This is a small brown bat--they eats lots of insects. Bats are carefully scooped up and then taken outside and hung on a tree. If visitors are in the Visitor Center they often ask questions and children especially are fascinated by bats. Notice Karla wearing leather gloves--bats have tiny teeth and will bite (hey--if a giant grabbed ME I'd bite too) but mostly they are docile. Karla encourages questions and if someone wants to touch the bat she will stretch a wing out carefully so they can feel how soft they are.
This bat immediately climbed high in the tree when he was released.
Although "bat catcher" is not on anyone's job description--Karla says its one of those "as needed" duties!