Subdivision May Threaten World's Largest Bat Colony

SAN ANTONIO — As the sun sets every summer night at Bracken Cave in the Hill Country, a vortex of Mexican free-tailed bats rushes forth. For as long as four hours in the evening, a continuous stream of bats leaves the cave to dart south, over the tree line, for their nightly hunts. The scene at the cave is repeated in reverse at dawn when the bats return.

Making up the largest colony of flying mammals in the world, the bats can number as many as 20 million. But a plan to build a subdivision near the cave has conservationists ...

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