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1 Bug-eating bats reside in Lincoln
I By Mark Baldridge
Does the Capitol Building have
bats in its belfry? Patricia Freeman
thinks it’s possible.
Freeman, curator of zoology at the
University of Nebraska State Muse
um, is an authority on bats.
“I think there are certainly some
bats there in the summer time, I’m not
sure they’re year-round,” she said.
Freeman said large numbers of
bats have passed through Nebraska in
the last month or so in their annual
“Every fall the animals that are
farther north go south,” she said,
“You’ve probably seen geese doing
the same thing.” •
The animals may stop over in
homes as well, but Freeman said the
bats were no cause for alarm.
Though some people feel uneasy
about bats, Freeman said the uneasi
ness was a misunderstanding.
“Anything we don’t know much
about tends to get bad press," she said.
Of a thousand species of bats, only
three are blood-eaters, she said, and
all of these “vampire” bats live in
South and Central America.
Although rabies can be contracted
from bat bites. Freeman said that in
the past 40 years—in Canada and the
United States—only 14 verified cas
es of rabies in humans have been
transmitted by bats.
“You have a better chance of win
ning at Lotto,” she said.
Freeman said all bats in Nebraska
are insect-eaters. That should make
them more welcome in an agricultur
al area, she said.
“A favorite food of the big brown
bat is the cucumber beetle,” she said.
“The larval stage of the beetle is the
com root worm, a huge agricultural
Bats in Nebraska also eat stink
bugs and leaf hoppers, as well as
mosquitoes, she said. And an individ
ual bat consumes insects in large num
“If you don’t save bats you’re go
ing to eliminate a huge predator on
agricultural pests,” she said.
Bat droppings are extremely ni
trogenous, she said, and highly prized
as a fertilizer.
“In fact,” she said, “in the Civil
War, there were efforts to mine bat
guano to use in the manufacture of
But, if a bat should take up tempo
rary residence in your home, Freeman
“Don’t poison them,” she said.
“Anything that kills a bat kills a hu
man, only more slowly.”
Some homeowners don’t mind the
guest, Freeman said, and build bat
boxes — like a birdhouse for bats
to attract them.
But if you really want to get rid of
them, “watch and see where they come
in and out of the house,” she said.
Then, when the bats are gone, simply
block the hole.
But Freeman said homeowners
should beware that in June and July
the bats may be raising babies. Block
ing the exit will cause abandoned
babies to starve.
^ Jim Weverka, manager of Animal
Control in Lincoln, said his company
could take care of homeowners’ bat
“If people find bats in their room
they can open the window and see if
they fly out,” he said. “Otherwise they
can call Animal Control.”
A bat on the ground can be easily
captured in a coffee can, he said,
because bats cannot take flight from a
standing position on the ground.
“They have to climb up on some
thing to get a gliding start,” he said.
Animal Control captured about
three or four bats last month, he said.
“That’s pretty common this time
of year,” he said.
Animal Control treats the bats hu
manely and releases them afler cap
ture, he said.
Green space forum scheduled
By Becky Becher
UNL students and faculty can ex
Kress their views on Chancellor Gra
am Spanier’s proposed green space
during an open forum next week.
day, ASUN will
sponsor the forum
on Spanier’s pro
posal to replace the
faculty parking lot
north of the Nebras
f ka Union with a
The forum will be at noon, Sept.
29, in the main lobby of the Nebraska
Forum organizer and Arts and Sci
ence senator, Deb Silhacek, said
Spanier declined an invitation to at
tend the forum.
Silhacek said she had hoped that
Spanier’s attendance would have at
tracted more people ami more ques
tions resulting in more answers.
Silhacek said that by declining her
invitation to the forum, Spanier was
sending a message that he did not care
about University of Nebraska-Lin
coln student and faculty opinion on
the green space.
In other business. Association of
Students of the University of Nebras
ka President Keith Benes vetoed a bill
asking the NU Board of Regents to
consider the renovation of Richard’s
Hall a higher priority on the regent’s
capital construction list.
Benes said the regents would not
be voting on the list until next year.
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he said. “He didn’t know the out
come of the case, and I think Kenny
went through so much.”
In the Baldwin case, Jones said
questions still needed to be an
“Of course he was in the wrong,
but no one came to Scott Baldwin’s
rescue,” Jones said. “I’m still angry
because the people in Omaha, Ne
braska, just let the case fade away?
Osborne said athletes were not
immune from coverage, but they
were allowed to make mistakes
like any other person.
“If you fumble or score a touch
down, you understand you’re go
ing to be a hero or a goat,” he said.
“But I hate to have off-the-field
matters made public.
“But if that same amount of
coverage would be given to anoth
er student. I’ve got no problems
Jones said athletes were viewed
only as athletes and not as students
most of the time.
“People are watching you to see
if you do good, and some watch to
see if you do bad. Once you make
a mistake, people won’t forget.”
Bender said if the news was of
interest to the public, it was worthy
of being published.
“The athletes have some control
over their lives,” he said. “They
can live fairly quietly and avoid the
y didn’t have to become
athletes. They could have done other
Osborne said it was difficult for
athletes to stay out of the spotlight
because of all the coverage they
“Somehow athletes are expect
ed to be above reproach in so many
areas,” he said.
Osborne said he wanted his play
ers to go through a normal four
years of college.
“I’d like to see them go four
years without a lot of scrutiny,
where they can make some mis
takes and also do some good things.”
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