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Bats Find New Home Across The Street From Texas A&M Stadium

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Mexican free-tailed bats kicked out of Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field have found a new home across the street.

The state's official flying mammal, which had migrated south of the Texas border, returned this spring to discover part of its home was gone and other entrances were blocked with nets to keep them out. The stadium is under construction in a $485 million renovation project.

The Bryan-College Station-based The Eagle reports the bats now have begun roosting and hanging out around campus. Their relocation caused a temporary shutdown last week of a swimming pool in the school's recreational center.

Bat experts warn human-bat contact is likely to increase during the renovation project without an effort to accommodate them. A university official recommends people don’t touch bats on campus.