Wildlife Damage Management, Internet Center for


Date of this Version

December 1975


Although bats are not commonly thought of as major members of the animal kingdom, they are one of the most numerous of land vertebrates. Bats are thought to have originated in the Old Wordl Tropics and are now almost world-wide in distribution. Bats make up the order Chiroptera, and they are closely related to the hedgehog, shrew and mole.