Yosemite has a decent number of bats. The Indian Caves and other secluded areas are prime nesting places. Like most bats, the are very active at night.
They fly around and snag insects. This is good – eat those mosquitos!
They could care less abut humans. Bats are not blind. Most bats can see as well as humans. Their eyesight is adapted to low-light, much like cats. They do not fly into your hair.
Most of us know that bats have a sonar system that allows them to navigate at break-neck speed through total darkness. It is thousands of times more efficient than any similar system built by humans.
Yosemite’s Wildlife Management office sez if you see a bat on the ground or acting sick, do not approach it and contact them at (209-372-0476).
How about rabies?? They do not cause rabies in humans, but can get it just like us. Rabies is 100% preventable if appropriate medical attention is given, but is 100% fatal if an exposure is not treated.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman! Batman, Batman, Batman!
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com