Workers have bats on their minds as they prepare a Dayton area pathway for bicycle riders, runners and walkers to use this summer.
That's because some species of the flying mammal near the path are threatened or endangered. The tiny Indiana bat present in Ohio has been listed as endangered for nearly five decades.
The Dayton Daily News reports that trees in the way of the bikeway were taken down before April to avoid disrupting winter hibernation. A federal grant of nearly $200,000 to help the project also restricts tree removal, and the state of Ohio urges that trees that might be bat habitats be left alone when possible.
While bats have a scary image to some people, experts say they play an important role in insect control.