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Millions of Bats Leave Oklahoma
for the Winter (Sep 26, 2007)

Meet Oklahomaís official flying mammal, the Mexican free-tailed bat. Each year, millions of them nest and raise their young at half a dozen caves around the state. With summer now officially over and the first frost on its way, theyíre headed back to warmer environs south of the border. We pay a visit to the 2007 Selman Bat Watch, held a few months ago near Alabaster Caverns in Freedom, Oklahoma. Guests include Melynda Hickman with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and bat watcher Frank Malkemus of Tulsa.

View photos from this yearís bat watch

Watch a video of the bats emerging from their cave

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