NM firefighters can return to fire station after bat infestation

Bats had taken residence in the station's ceilings and were a health risk

Albuquerque Journal

Albuquerque, N.M. — Albuquerque firefighters who had to move out of their station because it was infested with bats can go home again.

Crews at the city's Station 1 moved out Tuesday after complaining that bats that had taken up residence in the station's ceiling were a health hazard. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says bats can carry rabies and other diseases.

City officials said they hired a wildlife management agency to evict the bats and the two-person team captured 45 in the station house.

Twenty-five were released, and 20 others taken to an animal rehabilitation center because they were dehydrated.

The city also hired a pest-control firm to seal off the space the bats had turned into their home.

Fire crews were able to move back in Thursday.

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