MHS battles bat problem

By Bryan Richardson

The students returned to classes last week, but the bats that took up residence at Manhattan High West Campus over the summer have been reluctant to leave.

They can’t coexist in the classrooms, which is why students haven’t been allowed in the south gym since school started last week. The bats chose that space and the storage area between the two gyms as their home.

MHS principal Greg Hoyt said it was difficult to make an exact count, but he figured the peak number was more than 10 bats but less than 20.

Hoyt said there was just one bat remaining in the gym on Tuesday morning, and he anticipated the gym being open Wednesday.

“It’s looking far better than it was,” he said.

The district started working with a pest-management company during the summer to address the issue, which was caused by openings on the exterior of the building.

Those openings have been sealed, but the vents are outfitted with cones that let the bats leave but not enter.

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